John Turturro has been working on a spinoff of The Big Lebowski that’s based on his character, Jesus Quintana. In an interview with The Independent, Turturro revealed that he’s completed the project, which is called Going Places.
While he was working on an English adaptation of Bertrand Blier’s 1974 French flick, Les Valseuses, Turturro kept recalling his character, Quintana. “I started playing around with it and I thought we could be onto something with his irony and the irreverence of the character,” Tarturro explained to Screen Daily in 2016. Now, the film, which will see Audrey Tautou and Bobby Cannavale starring alongside Turturro, is essentially complete.
According to his interview with The Independent, the editing process took much longer than he expected, but he’s finally gotten a cut of the film that he’s satisfied with it. The forthcoming film is about “a trio of misfits whose irreverent, sexually charged dynamic evolves into a surprising love story as their spontaneous and flippant attitude towards the past or future backfires time and again, even as they inadvertently perform good deeds,” a previously released synopsis reads.
“It’s a bit of a racy movie,” Turturro explained. “It shows how stupid men are. That’s what the movie is kinda about – the women are the stronger, more together characters. I had to tweak it a little bit but now I feel really good about it. It’s basically an exploration of Jesus getting our of jail [after being framed as a pedophile]. It’s a comedy but a very human comedy.”
Going Places, which does not yet have a release date, was created with the full support of Big Lebowski directors Joel and Ethan Coen.