Coen Bros. Teach Chabon’s Yiddish

Sony Pictures has acquired screen rights to the bestselling Michael Chabon novel “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union,” with the Joel and Ethan Coen writing, directing and producing with Scott Rudin says Variety.

Chabon sets up a contemporary scenario where Jewish settlers are about to be displaced by U.S. government’s plans to turn the frozen locale of Sitka, Alaska, over to Alaskan natives.

Against this backdrop is a noir-style murder mystery in which a rogue cop investigates the killing of a heroin-addicted chess prodigy who might be the messiah.

The Coens, coming off their success with “No Country for Old Men”, will turn their attention to the book after they shoot “A Serious Man” for Working Title and Focus.

Chabon previously penned “Wonder Boys” and “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay”.