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 »


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


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 »


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 »


Esquire Magazine’s Tom Chiarella has posted the first review of John Hillcoat‘s feature film adaption of Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road, and calls it “The most important movie of the year.” Here are a couple excerpts:

The Road is no tease. It is a brilliantly directed adaptation of a beloved novel, a delicate and anachronistically loving look at the immodest and brutish end of us all. You want them to get there, you want them to get there, you want them to get there — and yet you do not want it, any of it, to end.”

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First Look: The Road

Dimension Films has released new production photos for John Hillcoat‘s upcoming adaptation of Cormac McCarthy‘s best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Road in USA Today.

Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen, Academy Award winners Robert Duvall and Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and 12-year-old Kodi Smit McPhee star in the the story of a man (Mortensen) and his young son (Smit-McPhee) traveling through a desperate, post-apocalyptic world. The flap jacket on the book describes the setting as “burned America”.

“Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.”

And where do you find this post-apocalyptic burned America? In Pittsburgh of course. Hillcoat didn’t want to go the CGI route, and instead found abandoned coal fields, a deserted amusement park and an 8-mile stretch of closed freeway (some of which is seen above) in and around Pittsburgh. The photos look fanatically bleak.

The Road is scheduled to hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles in mid November and expand on November 26th 2008.