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Ridley Scott confirmed to direct Cormac McCarthy penned The Counselor

Feb. 9, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Director Ridley Scott has committed to direct the recently completed spec script by Cormac McCarthy entitled THE COUNSELOR. We've followed this closely since it was announced and it has been on like Donkey Kong in terms of the speed in which it's been fast tracked. It's almost as rare as a Haley's Comet rotation for a script to be submitted, sold, bought, and put into production with this kind of turnaround.

THE COUNSELOR, the first original script by McCarthy, is being described as "NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN on steroids." Set in the gritty world that McCarthy is known for creating, THE COUNSELOR involves "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."

Sounds about right for McCarthy who has made quite a name for himself as a novelist and recently with high-profile adaptations like NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and the highly underrated THE ROAD. Currently, Michael Fassbender is in talks to take the lead role of the titular character, reuniting the pair after their recently completed collaboration on PROMETHEUS. It's expected that Scott will fill the supporting roles with top tier talent as well and plans to begin shooting on May 1st, 2012, six months after McCarthy turned the script in.

Amazing shit, right there.

Scott, no stranger to piling on projects, the latest being a sequel to his classic BLADERUNNER. He's been threatening that Monopoly board game adaptation for years now. Let's hope he forgets about this one. How amazing would it be if THE COUNSELOR actually premiered in December of this year? Guess we'll see...

Extra Tidbit: The Road by Cormac McCarthy is one of the best books I've ever read and the movie measured up in every way for me. I'm told I need to read Blood Meridian. Any other McCarthy fans have some recommendations?
Source: Deadline

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4:01PM on 02/11/2012
No mention of Scott and his adaptation of The Passage. I am still holding out hope that they make it an HBO series.
No mention of Scott and his adaptation of The Passage. I am still holding out hope that they make it an HBO series.
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12:18PM on 02/11/2012

Blood Meridian...

Prepare to get kicked in the groin, guts, heart. Fantastic prose used to describe the most awful in us. It's both one of the best and worst book I ever read. Enjoy.
Prepare to get kicked in the groin, guts, heart. Fantastic prose used to describe the most awful in us. It's both one of the best and worst book I ever read. Enjoy.
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4:25AM on 02/12/2012
Just bought Blood Meridian for my kindle. You guys pushed me over the edge. Thanks for the recs. Once I'm done with the Steve Jobs bio, BM is next.
Just bought Blood Meridian for my kindle. You guys pushed me over the edge. Thanks for the recs. Once I'm done with the Steve Jobs bio, BM is next.
9:13AM on 02/12/2012
@Paul Shirey:

"When the lambs is lost in the mountain, he said. They is cry. Sometime come the mother. Sometime the wolf."

Good luck.
@Paul Shirey:

"When the lambs is lost in the mountain, he said. They is cry. Sometime come the mother. Sometime the wolf."

Good luck.
12:39PM on 02/10/2012
This is the best news on this site in quite sometime. I'm half way through Blood Meridian and like it a lot. The Road was a excellent movie but i find it to be so depressing that its hard to want to see it again. Cant wait to see who else gets parts in The Counselor.
This is the best news on this site in quite sometime. I'm half way through Blood Meridian and like it a lot. The Road was a excellent movie but i find it to be so depressing that its hard to want to see it again. Cant wait to see who else gets parts in The Counselor.
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9:33AM on 02/10/2012
A bit off topic but with that picture I can see Fassbender taking the lead in the possible Bladerunner sequel, which might be awesome (as long as it is a sequel, not a remake)
A bit off topic but with that picture I can see Fassbender taking the lead in the possible Bladerunner sequel, which might be awesome (as long as it is a sequel, not a remake)
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1:29AM on 02/10/2012

EXCELLENT

Just amazing news. Really hope Fassbender is on board with this. And yes, definitely read Blood Meridian. I remember reading an article a few years back in which Scott was considering making Blood Meridian.
Just amazing news. Really hope Fassbender is on board with this. And yes, definitely read Blood Meridian. I remember reading an article a few years back in which Scott was considering making Blood Meridian.
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12:42AM on 02/10/2012
This is beginning to be one of my most anticipated films. Scott, Fassbender and McCarthy are all consumate professionals, their collaborating is excellent news.
Also, read Suttree; brilliant and, for McCarthy, surprisingly funny.
This is beginning to be one of my most anticipated films. Scott, Fassbender and McCarthy are all consumate professionals, their collaborating is excellent news.
Also, read Suttree; brilliant and, for McCarthy, surprisingly funny.
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11:21PM on 02/09/2012
All I could think while watching The Road was "somebody just shoot me. This is certainly not worth the trouble to stay alive in this place."
All I could think while watching The Road was "somebody just shoot me. This is certainly not worth the trouble to stay alive in this place."
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1:01AM on 02/10/2012
Ha! It's funny, but I was thinking of that when I saw an ad for the reality show on doomsday people who stock up and prepare for the end of the world.

The whole time I'm seeing it, I'm thinking "Why the f*ck would you want to even live?"

It seems that some people just revel in the very nature of survival, rather than the reason for existing.

The Walking Dead is one of my favorite comics and through every issue I find myself clinging to hope for the good guys, but ultimately...the
Ha! It's funny, but I was thinking of that when I saw an ad for the reality show on doomsday people who stock up and prepare for the end of the world.

The whole time I'm seeing it, I'm thinking "Why the f*ck would you want to even live?"

It seems that some people just revel in the very nature of survival, rather than the reason for existing.

The Walking Dead is one of my favorite comics and through every issue I find myself clinging to hope for the good guys, but ultimately...the question of why just hangs in the balance.

I loved The Road, but I see your point entirely. However, as a father, I would want my son to live, simply because he's my child and I'd hold out hope that maybe he could experience something better in time.

Who knows. Worth a healthy debate for sure.
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