I am ridiculously excited for what Jeff Bridges gave the world today.
It’s no big secret that I kind of feel like the state of things in most ways is “crap-tastic” or “garbage-riffic” these days. Our government is shutdown over a campaign promise that never had any chance of coming to fruition, and in general people seem to be more cynical, more angry, and less enthusiastic about what’s to come. Oh, and an a UN climate change report gave us 12 years to fix shit fast, or we are all doomed.
Can’t be living in the past, man. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/zL2CLYhGAM
— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) January 24, 2019
That being said, a new Big Lebowksi related project — I don’t care what it is — is enough to make me wanna pour a White Russian and chill with Maude, Walter and Donny. It’s clear I’m not the only super-stoked person either, because by the time I found Bridges’ tweet, there were well over two million views on the four hour old clip.
You can hear a version of “The Man in Me” in the background, and Bridges might look a little longer in the tooth, but you can still just about feel the Lebowski pouring out of him. It’s amazing all these years later that “The Big Lewbowski” wasn’t that much a box office hit when it was released in theaters, because in the ensuing 20 years, it’s become an American cinematic classic.
So…What Are We Expecting?
Obviously, we have no earthly way of knowing yet just what was teased. It could be a new Netflix movie, or a streaming series since the Cohen brothers just had some pretty good success teaming up with that service, and they created “The Big Lewboski.” I have a sneaking suspicion that the date listed at the end of the trailer gives us a big clue — it’s probably a Super Bowl commercial.
February 3rd, 2019 is when the Rams and Patriots play each other in Super Bowl LII, and that’s the day when companies drop obscene amounts of money on commercials. Just from the little bit of The Dude that we saw, it’s clear that production values were pretty high on whatever it is that was shot. Now, whether or not the Super Bowl commercial is for a new Big Lebowksi film, or TV show, or something is possible, but the copyright information at the very end of the spot relates to Universal City Productions, so that would seem to mean that Universal Pictures was involved…though perhaps it was just to sign off on using characters they own the rights to.
I don’t meant to sound out of my element here, but just for a lark, I did dream up one scenario in which a full-fledged Big Lewboski sequel could make sense. The last one was centered around the Dude living in L.A. at the time of the first Bush administration. Maybe the Cohen brothers figured putting the Dude in the mix during the Trump years would be fodder for more of the same kind of subtle commentary?
It’s a long shot I know, and frankly any Lebowski project without Donny would feel like it was missing something. Unless they introduced time travel in the sequel, it would be without our favorite Walter antagonist. Also throwing cold water on the idea of a sequel is the fact that they’d have to have kept this way off the radar for a long time, and these days it seems like nothing stays a secret for too long when it comes to highly-anticipated films.
What do you think is coming from Bridges and the Lebowski crew?
Writer/comedian James Schlarmann is the founder of The Political Garbage Chute and his work has been featured on The Huffington Post. You can follow James on Facebook and Instagram, but not Twitter because he has a potty mouth.