Joel and Ethan Coen will write and direct the Alaskan murder mystery, set in a fictional Jewish settlement. It’s the story of an alcoholic detective’s pursuit of a heroin-addicted chess prodigy. Scott Rudin is already aboard the Sony-Columbia project.
The Coens’ latest film, No Country for Old Men, is nominated for eight Oscars, and won the BAFTA for Best Directors.
No casting decisions have yet been made.
Variety reports that the Coens will start on Chabon’s story after completing A Serious Man for British company Working Title.