Joel and Ethan Coen will write, produce, and direct their next two projects Burn After Reading and A Serious Man for Focus Features and Working Title Films following a two-film deal announced yesterday [April 23].

Brad Pitt has joined George Clooney and Frances McDormand on the previously announced espionage black comedy Burn After Reading, which is set to begin shooting this summer and centres on a CIA agent who loses the manuscript to his book.

Details on the uncast A Serious Man were sketchy at time of writing, however a Focus source said it was a dark comedy that the Coens would shoot after Burn After Reading.

The brothers are currently completing post-production on the feature No Country for Old Men, which will receive its world premiere at Cannes next month and is being handled by Miramax domestically and Paramount Vantage overseas.

Clooney is in production on Leatherheads, which he is directing and stars in. McDormand stars and is serving as executive producer on the current UK shoot of Focus' Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day.

Pitt stars alongside Clooney in Ocean's Thirteen - playing out of competition in Cannes - and is currently filming The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button for David Fincher with his Babel co-star Cate Blanchett.

Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will serve as executive producers on both projects, continuing a long association with the Coens that includes Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and O Brother, Where Art Thou'

'Joel and Ethan are the gold standard in American film-making,' Focus Features chief executive officer James Schamus said. 'To have the chance to make not one but two films with them - along with our friends at Working Title - makes all of us at Focus proud.'

'We're delighted to be collaborating with the Coen Brothers anew, and to be partnered again with James and his team at Focus, on two such especially exciting new projects,' Bevan and Fellner added.

Working Title has several projects at Focus and sister company Rogue including current hit Hot Fuzz and the forthcoming Atonement. Previous collaborations include Pride And Prejudice and Catch A Fire.