James Franco's Cormac McCarthy Adaptation 'Child of God' Full Trailer

January 20, 2014
Source: Film Stage

Child of God

After playing Venice and Toronto, James Franco's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel Child of God has unveiled a full trailer, following a teaser when the film played at the aforementioned overseas exhibition. Franco directs the film which McCarthy adapted himself, and it's Scott Haze in the lead. This new trailer delivers plenty of intimidating close-ups of Haze, but it's a shame that it's accompanied by what looks to be a template for cheap horror trailer bumpers. Anyway, the film hasn't gained much traction since making a festival run, but it'll likely get a limited release at some point. At least Franco is mixing things up.

Here's the full trailer for James Franco's Child of God from The Film Stage:

Child of God is directed by James Franco (Interior. Leather Bar, As I Lay Dying) and written by Cormac McCarthy, adapted from his own book of the same name. Scott Haze leads the film about a Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man who's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. uccessively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack and more star in the film from Venice and Toronto, but there's no official release date yet. Interested at all?

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  • IlluminationTheory
    Nice effort, Like Blood Meridian I believe this simply is not filmable though.
  • Bo
    Well, I don't know. Franco doesn't seem to have the gravitus nor the talent, let alone the sensibility of McCarthy so I can't see how he could pull this off. Only the Coen brothers seem capable of McCarthy as No Country For Old Men proved; as well as Ridley Scott's The Counselor which I thought excellent and very funny. Still, Franco got the rights, got McCarthy to adapt, put together a film such as this, shot it and has it ready for viewing. That's gotta account for something one would think. I'd hate to think it's just another light weight trying to jump on the heavy weight band wagon of Cormac McCarthy. We'll see. If it comes around I'll certainly give it a chance and if I like it that would certainly change my opinion of Franco. lol...
  • Internet Reality
    Looks like a made for TV movie...not impressed
  • Nielsen700
    Looks pretty cheap. I'll probably check it out though.
  • Michael Rennie
    I saw this at TIFF and it's actually very good. While obviously not as polished as a Coen Brothers adaptation, Franco does an excellent job balancing the dark subject matter with humour and actually crafts a very funny film. It is not meant as a horror, but as a dark and disturbing comedy. Franco himself was there to discuss the film and noted the novel was one of his favourites, with McCarthy being his favourite author so hopefully that allays any fears about band-wagon-jumping.
  • ali3000
    I got a chance to watch this movie. It's a great flick, considering it's his first directorial debut movie? I actually recommend it.




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