Joel and Ethan Coen’s ‘The Big Lebowski’ is one of the biggest cult movies of the past twenty years, so it’s hardly surprising there’s long been talk of a possible follow-up.
While the Coens themselves have long since dismissed the idea of a direct sequel, actor John Turturro - who co-starred as flamboyant bowler Jesus - has spoken recently of his efforts to make a film based around his character.
And now, 'The Big Lebowski’ leading man Jeff Bridges has given this would-be film his seal of approval, telling Business Insider, “I’ve heard that for years, John saying that. I think it’s a great idea.”
Bridges added he’d be more than happy to cameo in the film as The Dude - but it seems likely this could prove problematic, given that the complex character rights situation around 'The Big Lebowski’ is a key part of what is holding Turturro’s film back.
Turturro said recently that the character of Jesus was "based on a play I had done many years before that, a Spanish play I did at the public theater.
"It’s a character I invented… If you ever tell anything to Joel or Ethan, they basically steal it from you!”
Nonetheless, Turturro stressed the Coens would "support” his film, which he would write and direct himself.
Still, Bridges has his own idea for another 'Big Lebowski’ spin-off - one centred on the Dude’s child, unborn in the 1998 original.
“I’m hoping they make a little Lebowski [sequel] because it’s all set up… I impregnated Maude [Julianne Moore]. As The Stranger [Sam Elliott] says, ‘There’s a little Lebowski on the way,’ you know?”
However, the Coens have long made it clear they have no interest in a 'Big Lebowski’ sequel, so we shouldn’t hold our breath. Whether or not Turturro proves able to get his Jesus movie made remains to be seen.
Picture Credit: Universal