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Fresh off their upcoming Oscar wins, the Coen brothers are now set to write and direct Michael Chabon‘s 2007 novel, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, for Scott Rudin. The novel, about Jewish settlers in Alaska, has sold 191,000 copies in hardcover alone, according to Nielsen Bookscan.
The announcement of a Coen-Rudin-Chabon union is forthcoming. Rudin is known for buying up hot, award-laden books. He produced the Coens’ No Country for Old Men, which is based on a Cormac McCarthy novel and up for eight Oscars this month. He also produced the Oscar competition, There Will Be Blood, which was inspired by Upton Sinclair’s Oil! And, he’s worked with Chabon books before, producing Wonder Boys and currently developing the 2001 Pulitzer-Prize winner, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
After the jump a list a partial list of some of the hot literary properties Rudin has or is working with. (Years in parentheses refer to the film’s release, not the book’s.)