You may recall that some months ago, James Franco was gunning for a job directing Blood Meridian, the acclaimed fifth novel by No Country for Old Men author Cormac McCarthy. Although that project never really materialized, Franco apparently hasn’t given up his dreams of tackling a McCarthy book. The actor/director/writer/producer has now shifted his attention to another novel by the writer, titled Child of God. More details after the jump.

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One of the lesser-known works from No Country For Old Men author Cormac McCarthy is the play The Sunset Limited. It features two men, called simply Black, a Christian ex-con and White, and atheist professor, talking in Black’s home after he saves White from a would-be suicide dive into the path of a train. We’ve seen two teasers for the film, and now have the full trailer after the break. Read More »

To kick off 2011, HBO is premiering two huge star-studded events. On February 12, they have The Sunset Limited starring Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones about two men brought together by extraordinary circumstances who debate the ins and outs of life. It’s based on a play by Cormac McCarthy (No Country For Old Men). Then on March 27, director Todd Haynes tackles the Depression era story Mildred Pierce with Oscar-winner Kate Winslet, Guy Pierce, Melissa Leo, Hope Davis and Evan Rachel Wood. It chronicles a single-mother’s attempts to win back her daughter’s love and is based on a 1941 novel by James M. Cain.

Check out multiple trailers for each of these HBO movies after the jump. Read More »

Yesterday a lot of people were surprised when word came out that James Franco is actively pursuing two very lofty directorial ambitions — he wants to write and direct film versions of William Faulkner‘s landmark novel As I Lay Dying, and Cormac McCarthy‘s Blood Meridian.

There was some initial skepticism about half of that report, as producer Scott Rudin wrote to IndieWire to suggest that the Blood Meridian news was either premature or incorrect. But now James Franco has done a little interview explaining his approach to both novels. And how does Jacob from Lost fit into all this? Answer after the break. Read More »

You can’t say that James Franco isn’t ambitious. He has recently optioned a set of memoirs as possible writing and directing projects, and seems to be taking acting gigs at a rapid pace, all while studying at Yale.

Now there’s a report saying we can add two other possible directorial projects to the pile, and neither of them is exactly small-time stuff. It claims Franco is working on two different deals to write and direct adaptations of difficult literary properties: William Faulkner‘s As I Lay Dying, and Cormac McCarthy‘s Blood Meridian. Read More »

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Author Cormac McCarthy gives very few interviews. So when he does sit down and talk with someone, the result is usually worth a look. Now, as the film version of his novel The Road is rolling out, McCarthy and director John Hillcoat have done a few brief talks. It’s really McCarthy’s show, as Hillcoat just interjects a question or observation here and there. After the break, check out what the reclusive author has to say about the film version of All the Pretty Horses, the potential movie of Blood Meridian, and the end of the world. Read More »

See Twelve Minutes of Clips From The Road

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John Hillcoat‘s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy‘s novel The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen and Codi Smit-McPhee, is finally starting to be seen. The picture screened for some press in New York City earlier this week, and is now getting decidedly mixed critical notes out of the Venice Film Festival. Now five clips from the film are online, comprising about twelve minutes of footage. See them all after the break (if you just can’t wait for the film). Read More »

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Before you rush out to Inglourious Basterds and/or Avatar footage, chew on a couple of quick casting bites for you at the end of this Friday.

First, Priest, the film by Scott Stewart starring Paul Bettany, has a villain, Karl Urban, and a new heroine, Maggie Q. The film follows Stewart and Bettany’s pairing on Legion (but is not related) and is scripted by Cory Goodman based on the TokyoPop comic. According to THR, Bettany is “a warrior priest and vampire fighter who teams with a sheriff (Cam Gigandet) and warrior priestess (Maggie Q) to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece.” Urban is Black Hat, the vampire leader and a himself a former priest. After seeing footage from Stewart’s Legion I’m curious about this effort. Nice to see Screen Gems doing some potentially fun genre stuff that pushes beyond another Resident Evil regurgitation.

After the break, Tommy Lee Jones does another Cormac McCarthy adaptation, this time with Samuel L. Jackson. No, it’s not Blood Meridian. Read More »

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