The Coen brothers Joel and Ethan have some really great films between the two of them to their credit; Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men and A Serious Man are all fantastic films, with Fargo being my personal least favorite and Raising Arizona being my personal all-time favorite.

Even though 3:10 to Yuma, Appaloosa and Open Range were all decent attempts to revive the western genre, there hasn’t been a really good western drama since Clint Eastwood directed Unforgiven. That’s why I was excited to hear that the Coen brothers were going to put their own twist on the John Wayne classic western, True Grit.

Today, thanks to the heads up by Before the Trailer and photographer Crystal Edwards, we get to show you some behind-the-scenes photos of the True Grit set pieces going up. The set builders are recreating the town of Fort Smith, Arkansas in the actual town of Granger, Texas. We can tell they are trying hard to make a good period piece and I like the look of the all the buildings so far. I’m sure everything will only get better as they digitally remove the telephone poles, wires and railroad tracks.

True Grit was first made in 1969 and is based on the novel by Charles Portis. Joel Cohen wrote the script for the remake and has Jeff Bridges (Tron Legacy) starring in the role as Marshal Rueben J. Cogburn. Joining him will be Matt Damon (The Green Zone) as La Beouf and Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex). Most recently added to the cast was Paul Rae as Emmett Quincy.

We’ve got a gallery of 14 photos for you to look at but you can see the entire collection at Crystal’s Flickr account HERE.


True Grit moseys into theaters at high noon December 25th, 2010.

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Source: Before the Trailer