Sony’s Columbia Pictures has acquired screen rights to Michael Chabon’s alternate-universe novel The Yiddish Policemen’s Union and set Oscar nominees Joel and Ethan Coen to direct, Variety reported.
I’ve not read the book but I will now. Wikipedia makes is sound like a fairly standard alternate history-cum- detective novel, but what the Coens will do with that will be a funny Fargo packed with us Jews and Eskimos. Can you imagine a better gift to a pair of comedy clowns with a sense of the macabre than assassinated chess geniuses and an alcoholic cop fighting rabbis?
There’s also some really, really politically-controversial scenes in the film, on the basis of its plausible alternative history where the Jewish refugee state is Alaska, not the Middle East. SPOILER: