Fresh off the arid desolation of the Australian Outback in The Proposition, director John Hillcoat is going to dip his cinematic toes into another bleak landscape by taking on some Cormac McCarthy. Although the author has been writing for over 40 years, his work is only hitting screens recently. Although the first attempt, Billy Bob Thornton's All the Pretty Horses flopped, there are three more waiting for their shot. First, we've got the Coen Brother's No Country for Old Men, which will be released later this year. Then, there is Blood Meridian, which Ridley Scott is still attempting to get filmed. And now, Hillcoat will be taking on McCarthy's most recent novel -- The Road, which Joe Penhall will adapt (as previously reported here).

This could be Hillcoat's break into mainstream, not as much due to the material, but due to the fact that the novel was just picked for Oprah's Book Club. Whoever would have thought that Oprah fans might fall in line to see a Hillcoat movie? The novel is set in a post-apolcalyptic world where a father and son have to travel for months to try and get to what was the Southeast U.S. Unfortunately, the world is over-run by cannibals that they have to protect themselves from, as well as surviving in a world where most life is gone -- both plant and animal, the sun and moon are blotted out and ash covers the earth. Hillcoat is pretty talented at making dusty grime look stunning, so he's a pretty perfect choice to helm the picture. With a spot-on choice for director, I wonder who they will get to play the father and young son. Any suggestions?
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