The Coen Brothers Are Working on a Darknet Film

The Coen Brothers Are Working on a Darknet Film

Hollywood's favorite sibling directors are taking on the Silk Road.

Hollywood's favorite sibling directors are taking on the Silk Road.

Text: Kate Ramsay

The Coen Brothers are pairing up with Fox Networks to pen a film about Silk Road, "the first darknet market." More specifically, the film will center on Silk Road’s founder, Ross Ulbricht.

Silk Road was a widespread black market responsible for undocumented sales of illicit drugs and weapons. The marketplace worked through "the darknet" which is essentially a hidden network created to share personal files between two safe connections, such as a friend-to-friend or office-file sharing system. The darknet protected files from hackers and shady users, alike. Not surprisingly, the network has been used to sell illegal materials and serve as a communication platform for sellers, buyers, terrorists or crime groups without a trace.

The misuse of the darknet has seen the public calling for its destruction or to be further restricted and more closely monitored. The most recent controversy is buzzing around the international payment token, Bitcoin, which has been referred to as “cryptocurrency.”

The directing duo has yet to release more information on the upcoming project, but given their cut and dry directing style, we can expect their take on the Silk Road will be explicit and direct. Perhaps the Coen Brothers will bring Ulbricht into a more flattering light? It is not unlike the Coen Brothers to give their audience a new perspective.

The project’s premiere date it yet to be released.

Credits: Photo from Getty Images.

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