Screen Media has acquired North American rights to “The Jesus Rolls,” a sort of spin-off to the Coens’ “The Big Lebowski” in which John Turturro reprises his character of foul-mouthed, purple-clad, sex-offender Jesus Quintana over two decades later.
Also something of a remake of Bertrand Blier’s “Going Places,” the story follows a trio of misfits whose irreverent, sexually charged dynamic evolves into a surprising love story as their spontaneous and flippant attitude towards the past or future backfires time and again, even as they inadvertently perform good deeds.
When they make enemies with a gun-toting hairdresser, their journey becomes one of constant escape from the law, from society and from the hairdresser, all while the bonds of their outsider family strengthen.
Bobby Cannavale, Audrey Tautou, Jon Hamm, Susan Sarandon and Pete Davidson also star in the film which Turturro says is a “transgressive film about the stupidity of men who try and fail and try better to understand and penetrate the mystery of women”.
The Coens are not involved but have given the project their blessing. Screen Media plans to release the film in early 2020.
Robert Salerno, John Penotti, Fernando Sulichin, Sidney Kimmel and Paul-Dominique Win Vacharasinthu produce.