For those who have read The Road, Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic book, or those who liked The Proposition, this should come as interesting news (from the LA Times):
The Cormac McCarthy novel is a Hollywood favorite and could head to the big screen soon.
The material seems intended more for brooding literary-types than multiplex moviegoers: Cormac McCarthy’s novel “The Road” depicts a sunless, hopeless world in which cannibalism and sexual enslavement are everyday realities and all the wildlife is extinct.
But since being published last year, the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller has had Hollywood talking, winding up on the nightstands of Sean Penn, writer-director Peter Berg and Brad Pitt, among others.
Now, after being championed by Oprah’s Book Club in June, a big screen adaptation is about to get the go-ahead. Dimension Films is in final negotiations to acquire North American distribution rights to “The Road,” with Viggo Mortensen expected to star and John Hillcoat (“The Proposition”) attached to direct.
“Cormac McCarthy is simply one of the most admired, talented and respected authors of his generation and ‘The Road’ is one of his masterworks,” Dimension’s co-chairman Bob Weinstein said in a statement.Mortensen would portray a father struggling to transport his son across a post-apocalyptic wasteland to a rumored safe zone on the coast, battling criminals, insane people and other survivors en route. “Visually, it’s going to be a very beautiful movie,” Mortensen told MTV earlier this month, seeming to confirm rumors of his involvement.
The reclusive, septuagenarian McCarthy has become one of Hollywood’s hottest writers. His novel “All the Pretty Horses” reached the screen in 2000. In November, the Coen brothers will release an adaptation of McCarthy’s western/crime thriller “No Country for Old Men” starring Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem. And the McCarthy novel “Blood Meridian,” optioned by producer Scott Rudin, has been in development purgatory since the ’90s.