‘The Big Lebowski 2’ isn’t going to happen, say Coen Brothers

The writer-directors of the cult comedy starring Jeff Bridges 'just don't like sequels'

The Coen Brothers have effectively ruled out making a sequel to The Big Lebowski.

Starring Jeff Bridges as “The Dude” and John Goodman as his friend Walter Sobchak, The Big Lebowski has become a cult favourite since its release in 1998. The quirky bowling comedy has spawned its own annual festival, Lebowski Fest, and even an online religion called Dudeism.

Back in 2011, another of the film’s stars, John Turturro, revealed he had an idea for a spin-off film based on his character Jesus Quintana. Then last summer (2012), a hoax news story claiming Bridges and Goodman had signed up for a sequel managed to fool large swathes of the internet.

However, the film’s writer-directors Ethan and Joel Coen now appear to have ended hopes for The Big Lebowski 2 once and for all. “I don’t think it’s going to happen. I just don’t like sequels,” Joel told a Toronto Star reporter at the Cannes Film Festival.

His brother Ethan added: “John Turturro, who wants it, talks to us incessantly about doing a sequel about his character Jesus. He even has the story worked out, which he’s pitched to us a few times, but I can’t really remember it… No, I don’t see it in our future.”

The Coen Brothers’ latest film Inside Llewyn Davis, a drama set on the 1960s New York folk scene, has just premiered in Cannes to rave reviews. It stars Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and newcomer Oscar Isaac and you can watch the trailer by pressing ‘play’ below.