The LA Times is reporting that The Coen Brothers are developing a film about "the Greenwich Village folk scene seen through the eyes of its larger-than-life patriarch." The script is currently being crafted that will be loosely based on the life of Dave van Ronk.
Van Ronk was known as "the uncle of the coffeehouse scene, a big personality famed for his musical acumen, left-wing politics, general erudition and entertaining storytelling. On his watch, era-defining musicians such as Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell were discovered and cultivated. Van Ronk also was a noted blues guitarist in his own right." He died in 2002 at the age of 66, but his legacy lived on with his memoir published posthumously three years later titled "The Mayor of MacDougal Street", which is said to be part of the basis of the film.
The Coens' O Brother, Where Art Thou? has been their only notable music-heavy film, which is one of my favorites. They are coming off the high of their biggest success box-office ever with True Grit. It will be interesting to see how the Coens immerse audiences with this period film. I for one am interested. What are your thoughts?