Newswire: The Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! will be a musical, composer reveals

As Joel and Ethan Coen consistently reveal nothing about their current projects, it wouldn’t have been surprising if Alex Karpovsky declaring their new film to be “zany” were the last bit of news about Hail, Caesar! until its February 5, 2016 release. However, two longtime Coen collaborators, composer Carter Burwell and sound mixer Skip Lievsay, were willing to expand a bit on that adjective.

At the “Dolby Institute: The Sound of the Coens” Master Class at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, the two were discussing their process with the Coens when Burwell offered that Hail, Caesar! is “a musical comedy that takes place on a Hollywood backlot, so you pass through all these pictures that are in production” and that there’s a “tap-dance water number” among the planned musical scenes. The film will follow Eddie Mannix, a fixer for a ’50s Hollywood studio, as he deals with …

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