Joel and Ethan Coen are teaming up with major producer Scott Rudin to bring Michael Chabon's novel The Yiddish Policemen's Union to the big screen. Yiddish is the third Chabon novel that Rudin has developed. First he produced the critically acclaimed Wonder Boys, based on Chabon's 1995 novel of the same name, and he has been developing The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay for several years (there's a movie that needs to finally get made).
According to Variety, in Yiddish,
Chabon sets up a contemporary scenario where Jewish settlers are about to be displaced by U.S. government's plans to turn the frozen locale of Sitka, Alaska, over to Alaskan natives. Against this backdrop is a noir-style murder mystery in which a rogue cop investigates the killing of a heroin-addicted chess prodigy who might be the messiah.
Wild stuff, though not so far out when put in the context of the Brothers' offbeat oeuvre. Reportedly, the Coens will begin work writing, directing, and producing this film once they've completed A Serious Man for Working Title and Focus.