from what I read the other day, in the book, the focal point of it was Matty Ross looking for her fathers killer. But in the Duke film, Rooster Cogburn was the focal point.
Except for the fate of La Boeuf, and some post story follow-up, the classic movie sticks to the novel pretty well. And in some cases I think the screenwriter even made some improvements. So the "sticking to the novel" part of the new movie just sounds like Hollywood hype.
As for as the Coen Brothers, I'm just not a fan of thier movies. I liked "O Brother Where Art Thou", I thought 'Fargo' was overrated, and I just watched "No Country For Old Men" for the first time the other night...hated it!
I'll give the new "True Grit" a try when it comes out, but as I said before whether I like it or not, the old classic 'aint going anywhere.