Jones chases Old Men

Tommy Lee Jones teams with the Coen brothers


Joel and Ethan Coen are in advanced talks to write, direct and produce an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel “No Country for Old Men.” Tommy Lee Jones is in negotiations to star.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jones will play contemporary Westerner Llewelyn Moss, an antelope hunter who discovers a pile of dead men along with $2 million and a sizable stash of heroin. Violence ensues when Moss decides to play finders keepers. Heath Ledger had been in talks to co-star, but the actor, who withdrew his interest in the project, has said he plans to take “some time off.”

Budgeted at $25 million-$30 million, “No Country” will be jointly financed and distributed by Paramount’s specialty films division and Miramax Films.