There comes a time in every sibling's life where they must learn to sleep in their own bed and bathe by themselves. Call it growing pains. Well, in what is good news for our nervous system and sad news for cinema, Josh and Benny Safdie are breaking up. Not to worry though – it's an amicable split.
In an interview with Variety, Benny, the youngest of the Safdie brothers, confirmed the separation. "It’s a natural progression of what we each want to explore,” he said. “I will direct on my own, and I will explore things that I want to explore. I want that freedom right now in my life.”
First the Wachowskis, then the Coen Brothers, now this...
The Safdie brothers are best known for their collaboration on high-anxiety, grimy films like Good Time and Uncut Gems. While a follow-up film to Uncut Gems starring Adam Sandler is reportedly on the way, it's on pause as the brothers make the transition, although Benny shares that he was barely involved with the sequel to begin with.
The Safdie brothers 😭 pic.twitter.com/TWKbviRhCT
— James Rai (@MovieDisciple) January 6, 2024
In the years since their 2019 hit, the brothers have embarked on their own solo projects. In the last year alone, Benny Safdie has teamed up with Nathan Fielder on The Curse, a deeply cringe TV show that looks at white saviours and gentrification, and starred in critically praised films like Oppenheimer and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. The youngest Safdie was also cast in Paul Thomas Anderson's 2021 hit Licorice Pizza.
Besides the upcoming Uncut Gems follow up, Josh Safdie is keeping the rest of his projects under wraps.
the safdie brothers schism… on top of the male loneliness epidemic? stay strong fellas ♥️
— chillin’ in the name of (@forcesfromabove) January 4, 2024
Someone please check in on the cinema bros, I'm afraid this news will break them... As for the rest of us, take this as an opportunity to heal our nervous systems.