Monday, January 14, 2008


This project sounds awesome in every way. Per Variety:

"Charlize Theron has signed on to join Viggo Mortensen in the bigscreen adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's bestselling novel "The Road" for 2929 Entertainment. Dimension Films will distribute domestically. Story centers on a man who embarks on a nightmarish road trip after a nuclear explosion in an attempt to transport his son to safety while fending off cannibals. Aussie helmer John Hillcoat ("The Proposition") is directing from a screenplay by Joe Penhall. Theron, who will play the wife of Mortensen's character, will be seen mostly in flashback. Although the role is small, Theron joined the project because she's a big fan of the book -- published by Knopf in 2006 -- and was eager to reteam with producer Nick Wechsler ("We Own the Night"), with whom she worked on 2000's "The Yards." Wechsler is producing alongside Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz. Shooting is set to begin next month. Theron is currently filming "The Burning Plain," also for 2929. She recently wrapped "Hancock" opposite Will Smith and the indie drama "Sleepwalking," which she also produced."

THE PROPOSITION was incredible and announced Hillcoat as a major filmmaker to watch. Hot off the recent success of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, McCarthy's next book-to-film adaptation will likely have a lot of buzz surrounding it. Mortensen, coming off career-best work in David Cronenberg's EASTERN PROMISES, should be a suitably intense lead for this type of story and Theron, consistently underrated as an actress, will lend some sexiness to the project. I am very excited to see this flick.


Wayne said...

This is perfect casting. Loved the book. Bring on more Cormac McCarthy adaptations! What's the word on "BLOOD MERIDIAN", Actionman? Still Ridley Scott?

Actionman said...

From what I have read and heard, Sir Ridley is still attached to direct BLOOD MERIDIAN. I believe Bill Monahan (THE DEPARTED, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN) did the script.

Wayne said...

I love Ridley, of course, but Tommy Lee Jones was circling this as a directorial project for a very long time. Sorry to see he's not the guy in charge.

Actionman said...

After Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, I am down for ANYTHING that Jones decides to direct. That film was a masterful piece of storytelling.

Scott and Monahan are indeed doing this adaptation, though.