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Cormac McCarthy, celebrated author, has already seen three of his works adapted for the screen: 'No Country for Old Men,' 'All the Pretty Horses,' and 'The Road.' Now, apparently in an effort to cut out the middleman, McCarthy has written his very first screenplay entitled 'The Counselor.' The script cinematically tells the story of a lawyer who decides to try his hand at dealing drugs, thinking his legal background will protect him from all consequences; something which proves to be a mistake. Well the script seems to have been strong enough to attract major directing talent. Ridley Scott is currently in talks to make 'The Counselor' his next film. Scott, who is about to release the sci-fi epic 'Prometheus,' has been speaking directly with McCarthy about the script and word has it that an official deal is extremely likely.
I have to say I am intrigued at the prospect of this collaboration. I really like McCarthy as an author and I thoroughly enjoyed the film versions of both 'The Road,' and 'No Country for Old Men.' Take that work and put it in the hands of a master like Ridley Scott, and you have the recipe for something truly special. But the more interesting aspect of this story is the fact that McCarthy is taking a more active control of the interpretation of his work to the screen by actually writing works specifically for the screen. I'm sure he's not the first to do this, but I am still interested to see how the source material translation is strengthened by McCarthy being the sole screenwriter. It will at least be interesting to compare the faithfulness of James Franco's film adaptation of McCarthy's 'Child of God' to a film whose blueprint is his alone.
What do you guys think? Any McCarthy fans out there? Are you in favor of this collaboration?