Saturday, November 22, 2008

Cormac everywhere

After the Oscar success of No Country for Old Men, it's suddenly full speed ahead on Cormac McCarthy adaptations. I was tooling around IMDb, and found that Blood Meridian, long rumored to be in the Ridley Scott fold, is currently being credited as the next project of Todd Field (Little Children, In the Bedroom). If he brings that puppy home successfully, a classic American novel that doesn't lend itself easily to filming, Field's stock will go way, way up.

While reading through a Blood Meridian thread, I thought, Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) would probably be a natural for the material. That inspired a "What's he up to?" moment. It turns out Dominik is making Cities of the Plain. At least according to IMDb.

Add to this the upcoming version of The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen and directed by John Hillcoat ( of the McCarthy-inspired The Proposition), and you have the unusual occurrence of three books by the same author. Not a moment too soon. McCarthy is in his mid-seventies.

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