Though I've never read a book that's appeared as a selection of the Oprah Winfrey book club, I do know that every book she recommends immediately sells, like, a billion copies. Since when did Oprah become the God of literature? That's what I want to know. Regardless, now that Cormac McCarthy's The Road has won a spot in Oprah's club (and here I thought no boys were allowed), the planned big-screen adaptation has garnered a lot more heat. In fact, Joe Penhall has been hired to pen the script, and producers Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz are looking to get this puppy up and rolling.
The book (which I still haven't read) takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, and revolves around a father who attempts to allude hoards of starving cannibals in order to transport his son to safety. It sounds pretty awesome, and I keep meaning to pick the book up. Hopefully, by the time they cast the father (which they'll do as soon as the script is finished, then search for a distributor) I'll have read it. This isn't the first McCarthy novel to get the big-screen treatment; his All the Pretty Horses was adapted back in 2000, and the Coen Bros. are currently wrapping up work on No Country for Old Men. Another one of his books, Blood Meridian, is also in the development stages. For those that have read the book, who do you see playing the father? And, is it different enough so that we don't immediately start thinking War of the Worlds meets Dawn of the Dead?