All the way back in August of 2016 (remember August of 2016? Remember how full of hope we were then? How confident we all were? Remember feeling happy?), we broke a most unusual story: John Turturro, frequent MVP of the Coen Brothers' filmography and notable cast member of 1998's The Big Lebowski, was working on a spin-off sequel to that film, one which would revolve around the onging misadventures of Turturro's Jesus Quintana.
Well, at the time, that project was called Going Places, and was apparently a remake of the 1974 French sex farce, Les Valseuses. Starring Turturro, Bobby Cannavale, Audrey Tautou and Susan Sarandon, we described Going Places thusly:
"The film, which currently has no distributor (thus making it an indie in the realest sense), takes its plot from the 1974 comedy Les Valseuses: two petty thieves, Turturro’s Jesus and Cannavale’s Petey, compete to give a woman (Tautou) her first orgasm after she’s roped into their hijinks. Sarandon also ends up in their company, playing a criminal who just got out after a long stint in prison."
In the time since, we have frequently wondered what happened to Going Places (the prevailing theory was that its subject matter might have been unfortunately timed), but today we've been given an update: Turturro's semi-Lebowski sequel has been retitled The Jesus Rolls, and it'll hit theaters early next year. If you're wondering, Deadline says it was Screen Media who picked up the North American distribution rights.
Here's what Turturro's saying:
“It feels like a good time to release a transgressive film about the stupidity of men who try and fail and try better to understand and penetrate the mystery of women. I look forward to working with Screen Media and bring our work and the character of the Jesus to American audiences.”
So, there you have it: The Jesus Rolls, the Big Lebowski spin-off which sounds like it's only barely a Big Lebowski spin-off, is still being worked on and will be in theaters sometime early next year. We're not quite sure who this movie's intended for, but we are curious to see what Turturro's come up with, and intrigued to find out how audiences respond to the film.
Stay tuned for further updates on The Jesus Rolls as they become available.