Author Cormac McCarthy Thinks Blood Meridian IS Filmable
Another great, supposedly "unfilmable" novel (besides Watchmen), is Cormac McCarthy's break out 1985 novel Blood Meridian. If you're not familiar with McCarthy, he's the author who wrote the novels that were turned into All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, and now The Road. Blood Meridian is a critically acclaimed novel, set in the 1850s, about American mercenaries hunting Indians in the Mexican borderland. McCarthy recently talked with the Wall Street Journal (it's actually a fantastic interview) and was asked about why people think Blood Meridian is unfilmable. And his answer might surprise you.
WSJ: People have said "Blood Meridian" is unfilmable because of the sheer darkness and violence of the story.
CM: That's all crap. The fact that's it's a bleak and bloody story has nothing to do with whether or not you can put it on the screen. That's not the issue. The issue is it would be very difficult to do and would require someone with a bountiful imagination and a lot of balls. But the payoff could be extraordinary.
Mind you, this guy is 76-years-old and lives quietly in New Mexico. And that's exactly why I love seeing him saying things like "that's all crap" and that whoever decides to direct an adaptation of his book better have "a lot of balls." And he's right. However, Zack Snyder had enough balls to adapt Watchmen and even fought to keep the story true to the book (instead of letting it become a bland PG-13 studio movie). Not that Snyder should direct Blood Meridian, but that's proof that the right person can do a great job adapting a novel, even if it's bleak, bloody, violent, dark and supposedly "unfilmable." So who has enough balls to direct this?
An adaptation of Blood Meridian has actually been in the works for a while (from producer Scott Rudin). Most recently, Todd Field (of In the Bedroom and Little Children) was attached to direct, but given we haven't heard from him in a while, he's probably no longer involved. But who knows? I think Field could do a great job with this, but it'll be quite a monumental task. Can I nominate Andrew Dominik? I loved The Assassination of Jesse James and I think he could do a great job adapting this novel as well. And if you're now curious about the novel, you may as well pick up a copy via Amazon to see why it's so "unfilmable."