Five New Photos from Cormac McCarthy's The Road
This isn't officially the first time we've featured photos from The Road (that was back in May), but it is the first time we get an actual glimpse at how the bleak post-apocalyptic world of the film will tie into the heartwrenching story. John Hillcoat's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road is becoming increasingly interesting as we near the release and start to hear more about the finer details of the production, which is living up to all of the hype so far. This latest update comes from USA Today and introduces six new photos featuring Viggo Mortensen and his on-screen son Kodi Smit-McPhee, as well as Michael K. Williams as the thief. Mortensen shares: "I think what's made this story so universally loved is because it's really about protecting your child, no matter what the circumstances. At its core, it's a love story."
If you're unfamiliar with the story, the book takes place in a burnt out American wasteland, not long after a nuclear winter has settled in. A father and his son, traveling with only the clothes they are wearing, a pistol for protection, and a cart of scavenged food, slowly make their way down a deserted road in an attempt to get to the coast. They don't know what they'll find there, but at this point, they've got nothing else but each other and the hope that they'll find something at the end that is keeping them alive.
Pittsburgh during the winter, as well as New Orleans and Mount St. Helens, served as the backdrop for most of the movie. Mortensen explains how visceral it was shooting on location. "It's tangible, the misery and hopelessness and the bleakness. It gives you much more to work with if you're filming in that world instead of a green screen. You have to bring a story to life in a movie in a way you don't have to in a book - even a book as powerful as that." You can see five new photos below.
The Road is directed by ex-music video director John Hillcoat, of The Proposition previously. The screenplay was adapted by Joe Penhall, of Some Voices, Enduring Love, and The Undertaker previously, and is based on Cormac McCarthy's novel of the same name first published in 2006. MGM is debuting The Road in theaters nationwide on Thanksgiving weekend, November 26th.