Jennifer Armstrong
March 23, 2009 AT 04:23 PM EDT

Joel and Ethan Coen’s next project will bring True Grit back to the big screen, but their adaptation will stay truer to the Charles Portis book than to the 1969 movie that won John Wayne an Oscar, Variety reports. That means the remake will focus more on the 14-year-old girl who, in Portis’ novel, tracks her father’s killer in Indian territory along with a U.S. marshal (whom Wayne played in the original) and a Texas ranger. They’ll tackle True Grit ahead of another adaptation on their docket, Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.

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