Coen Brothers to Write and Direct Adaptation of 'Black Money' for Warner Bros.

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Ross MacDonald's crime novel was first released in 1966.

Directing duo Joel and Ethan Coen have signed on to adapt Ross MacDonald's crime novel Black Money for Warner Bros.

The Inside Llewyn Davis helmers will write the script with an eye to direct the project.

Black Money first hit shelves in 1966. It centers on a character named Lew Archer who is hired to investigate a suave Frenchman who's run off with his client's girlfriend. But the mysterious foreigner turns out to be connected to a 7-year-old suicide and a mountain of gambling debts.

The Coen Brothers' next film, Hail, Caesar!, will hit theaters in February. It stars Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Jonah Hill. The auteurs, known for True Grit, Burn After Reading, NO Country for Old Men, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Big Lebowski, are repped by UTA.