The Big Lebowski is one of the greatest movies of all time, and if you disagree, that's just, like, your opinion, man. Directed by The Cohen Bros, the crime comedy follows the misadventures of Los Angeles slacker "The Dude" after a case of mistaken identity. The trippy dream sequences, hilarious dialogue and enigmatic characters combined to create a cult classic. Plus, when you put the Blu-Ray on your shelf, it really ties the room together.
In fact, The Big Lebowski is so popular that it even inspired its annual convention, Lebowski Fest. The festival began in 2002 and is typically held over two nights, featuring a screening of the film, live music and a bowling party. (And yes, they serve White Russians). Fans cosplay as their favorite characters, like Walter, Jesus, and Maude, and sometimes special guests appear, like the actors and Jeff Dowd, the real-life inspiration of the Dude. Events have been held in Louisville, Milwaukee, New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, London, Boston, New Orleans and Pittsburgh.
Today actor Jeff Bridges shared a video on Twitter, where he reprises his iconic role of "The Dude." In the fifteen second clip, The Dude steps into a messy locale, wearing the same ratty cardigan and surfer pants from 1998. Then he pulls down his shades, looks into the camera and laughs, proving he still abides. Then a tumbleweed blows across the street, and the words "2.3.19." flash on screen.
Bridges captioned the tweet, "Can’t be living in the past, man. Stay tuned." This mysterious new 'Big Lebowski' project caused the internet to absolutely lose it. Some fans freaked out, wondering if this footage means they're making a sequel, while others yelled, "SHUT THE F*** UP, DONNY! YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR ELEMENT!" To which they replied: "This aggression will not stand, man!" Quoting The Big Lebowski is fun.
Well, calm down Lebowski fans, because it is extremely unlikely this project is a sequel. February 3, 2019 is the date of the Super Bowl, which indicates that this is a nostalgia bait commercial hawking a product, but probably a very entertaining nostalgia bait commercial hawking a product. Last year, Tourism Australia pulled off a similar stunt, advertising a fake trailer for a Crocodile Dundee reboot starring Danny McBride and Chris Hemsworth.
Some fans have speculated maybe filmmakers secretly shot asequel, and that Bridges' tweet means a trailer will air during the Super Bowl. However, making movies is a complicated case, with a lotta ins, a lotta outs, lotta what-have-yous, and therefore difficult to keep production top secret.
The Coen Brothers publicly stated they would never make a sequel to The Big Lebowski. However, they did grant John Turturro the right to make a spin-off movie about his character Jesus Quintana. It's called Going Places, co-stars Susan Sarandon, Bobby Cannavale and Pete Davidson, and is scheduled for release this year. That's just as good as The Big Lebowski 2, right?