The Road, on screen

According to the Los Angeles Times Cormac McCarthy’s newest novel, The Road has been adapted for the screen by screenwriter Joe Penhall. As far as I can tell, Penhall has never written anything of tremendous merit or consequence. A few TV series episodes, an adaptation of The Long Firm.

The Road, in my opinion, rests in a category of fiction reserved only for McCarthy’s novels. He writes like no other novelist producing material today. He is fearless, in that nothing is sacred. It is a coming-of-age story which features cannibalistic armies. The characters in the novel are relentlessly detached. There were several points in the book where I felt I was being cheated out of real dialogue, yet, when I thought about it honestly, it was clear that people today, without the hoplessness of a barren America, speak to each other in the same way the father and son speak, so of course in McCarthy’s wasteland they would be quiet and detached. It will be interesting to see whether or not Penhall, and director John Hillcoat, will be able to maintain the aura of unrest and fear present in The Road when they transpose it onto the screen.

The reclusive McCarthy has written several other novels which have become popular Hollywood titles. The 2007 Coen Brothers’ Oscar-winning film, No Country for Old Men, was adapted from McCarthy’s book of the same title. And it is rumored that another of McCarthy’s novels, Blood Meridian is currently in production, and should be in theatres sometime in 2009.

For more information check out the Los Angeles Times article.

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