Team Behind The Road Paves The Way for Future Projects
by Ethan Anderton
September 7, 2009
Director John Hillcoat (right above), who also directed The Proposition, and screenwriter Joe Penhall (left above) recently showcased their bleak vision of the post-apocalyptic future in their adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's best-selling novel The Road which had a screening at the Telluride Film Festival (read Alex's review). But the future for Hillcoat and Penhall looks to be ripe with opportunity, which is great news for both. One new project has Penhall in talks with Daniel Craig to star in a remake of the 1973 Gaelic heist film La Bonne Annee, which follows a recently released prisoner's plan to rob jewelers in Cannes.
Penhall and Craig have previously worked together on the 2000 film Some Voices and Enduring Love in 2004, however, it might be a little while before this team actually gets together again. Hillcoat is also in talks with Craig for another unnamed project in addition to adapting the novel The Death of Bunny Munro (a story about a sex obsessed traveling salesman written by Nick Cave, the composer of The Road score). Aside from the Craig projects, there's a huge weave of other adaptations coming from Penhall and Hillcoat.
Penhall is also working on an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's book Deep Water for Mike Nichols. And on top of all that, Penhall and Hillcoat may be collaborating with each other again for a feature adaptation of Penhall's London-based play Landscape with Weapons about a military technician who invents a revolutionary new weapon set to change the face of warfare. Aside from these two being busy, I'm sure Daniel Craig has some sort of commitment to developing a new James Bond picture in addition to his recent casting in the film Dream House. So who really knows when any of these projects will get off the ground.
Personally, I'm getting kind of annoyed with all these different adaptations taking precedent over original spec screenplays. Studios are treading softly when it comes to producing scripts, and I'm really sick of them hiding behind established intellectual property (I'm looking at you Hasbro). One of the best flicks of the summer was District 9 and it wasn't a remake and it wasn't based off a book, play or even a toy. I'm not saying I think any of the aforementioned ideas sounds awful, but I'm just sick of Hollywood adapting everything under the sun. Then again, after I see The Road, I may change my mind. What do you think?