Despite a title that suggests seedier developments, the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis sounds very promising indeed, with the bros tackling New York’s budding folk scene in the sixties. The film stars Oscar Isaac as the titular Davis. He’ll be joined by Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan (pictured below) as peers of Davis. A fictional work, the film’s  loosely based on Dave Van Ronk’s posthumously published memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street.

After a bidding war was predicated by last week’s screening, CBS Films has emerged with the domestic distribution rights. Press release is included below, though there’s no mention of a release date as this time.


LOS ANGELES – February 19, 2013 – CBS Films announced today it has acquired US rights to INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS.  Written and directed by Academy Award©-winners Joel and Ethan Coen and produced by Scott Rudin and Joel and Ethan Coen, the film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham and Justin Timberlake.    

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows an aspiring singer-songwriter (Isaac) as he navigates the 1960s folk-music scene in New York City’s Greenwich Village.  Grammy®-winner T Bone Burnett produced the film’s soundtrack which includes music performed by, among others, Oscar Isaac, Marcus Mumford and Justin Timberlake.  Robert Graf served as executive producer, T Bone Burnett served as executive music producer and Marcus Mumford as associate music producer.

Previous collaborations between the Coen Brothers and Rudin include the Academy Award©-winning Best Picture of 2007 No Country For Old Men and the multiple-Academy Award©-nominated True Grit.

Studio Canal is handling international distribution for the film as well as foreign sales.  UTA negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.