''Oh Brother, Where Art Thou'' gets inspired -- The Coen brothers may have been inspired by Preston Sturges' 1941 comedy ''Sullivan's Travels''


Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? may sound like yet another Shakespeare adaptation, but this period drama, which Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo) might begin shooting later this year, puts the freshly unscrubbed George Clooney in shackles as one of three escapees from a ’30s chain gang. Adding to the absurdity of the title is the fact that it’s also the name of the social-realist movie that John Sullivan (Joel McCrea) wants to make in Preston Sturges’ 1941 comedy Sullivan’s Travels. What’s next, Springtime for Hitler on Broadway?