Cormac McCarthy’s The Counselor May Get That Ridley Scott Touch

“Prometheus” director Ridley Scott has been trying to adapt Cormac McCarthy’s novel “Blood Meridian” for what feels like forever. While that film has stalled, Scott has jumped on another McCarthy project, a recent script turned out by the reclusive writer called “The Counselor”. Scott is in talks climb aboard and direct the drama.

In December McCarthy surprised his agents by handing them the script for “The Counselor” instead of a draft of his newest novel, as they expected. Nick Weschler and Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz, the production team behind “The Road”, also based on a McCarthy novel, quickly purchased the rites to the screenplay.

“The Counselor” is reminiscent of the rough and tumble world depicted in “No Country For Old Men”. The protagonist is a respected lawyer who thinks he can dip a toe in to the drug business without getting sucked down. It is a bad decision and he tries his best to survive it and get out of a desperate situation.

From this description it appears “The Counselor” fits solidly within McCarthy’s thematic wheelhouse. Greed, corruption, good people getting sucked down by bad decisions, grim villains, all of these and more mark the Pulitzer Prize-winner’s writing. We’ve already seen that his sparse, arid style translates well to the silver screen, and overall this has the potential to become something totally badass.

Steve Shwartz says:

“Since McCarthy himself wrote the script, we get his own muscular prose directly, with its sexual obsessions. It’s a masculine world into which, unusually, two women intrude to play leading roles. McCarthy’s wit and humor in the dialogue make the nightmare even scarier. This may be one of McCarthy’s most disturbing and powerful works.”

Those are strong words that I like a great deal. I am fully excited for “The Counselor”.

Via : Deadline