Cormac McCarthy's The Road Being Adapted Next

September 19, 2007
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Although No Country for Old Men, the Coen Brothers highly anticipated latest film, is still a month from release, it's worth pointing out the author of the book the film is based off of - Cormac McCarthy. One of his other novels, the Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller The Road, described as an "apocalyptic thriller", is getting adapted as well. This time the director is not as well known; John Hillcoat (2005's The Proposition) will direct a script written by Joe Penhall for Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban's 2929 Productions.

The RoadThe story focuses on a father who walks alone with his son through a ravaged postwar American landscape in search of civilization. Initially Viggo Mortensen's name was attached to the lead role, but nothing is final and no contracts have been officially signed. The film is aiming to begin production in January.

It seems like Hollywood is eating up every possible working actor and putting them in a film prior to the strike next summer. You have to wonder who they'll hire if so many of our other favorites are already scheduled on some other film at that time. Has anyone read this book already? Thoughts?

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I loved "The Proposition". This sounds interesting.

Zach on Sep 19, 2007


This is exciting, especially if Viggo is attached. I read this book and it is fantastic and, if done right, should make a very intriguing movie. A lot of people I have talked to about the book have found it too slow, but those actually all were women so I am not sure if it just resonates for a man more since it is about a guy & his son. Anyway, the storyline itself is great and should make for a great movie.

Jason on Sep 19, 2007


It's a great book, but I'm not sure if it lends itself to being adapted, seeing as it's light on dialogue and incident. But hopefully they'll be able to capture what's great about the novel - the quiet dread, the blind need to keep living and the love that exsists between the two main characters.

Ricky Roma on Sep 20, 2007


It's a very stark novel that reminds me a lot of some of filmmaker Michael Haneke's work (especially Time of the Wolf). He's one of the only directors that come to mind that could make a home run out of it, but I'm interested nonetheless, especially as The Proposition was a well-done and highly evocative film set against a very spartan backdrop. Between this and Saramago's Blindness, some very tough, bleak novels are being adapted for next year.

Onetet on Sep 20, 2007


This book was a bore! Predictable and slow. If you liked it it means you have no reference to any real sci-fi, I could name ten books with a comparative plot with a better story, this story had no beginning or end. A movie of this book would be as bad as No country for old men. Its like looking at a pollock painting and pretending you understand the meaning because the so called experts think its fascinating. GAG!

Brian Addonisio on May 14, 2008

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