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Oh yeah.

I loved All the Pretty Horses.

I had a hard time putting No Country for Old Men down, and lost a lot of sleep over it. Can't wait for the Coen Brothers' adaptation.

Now I'm hooked by The Road.

I hadn't even begun to think of who would be the right director, but I doubt I could come up with a more inspired choice than Hillcoat. His film The Proposition has the same rough, bleak, unforgiving quality.

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I just finished reading The Road while on vacation, and the whole time, I kept imagining how certain scenes might appear on the big screen. Hillcoat would make a fine choice as a director, and now Viggo Mortensen has said that the filmmakers are interested in him starring (presumably as the dad).

The full story...

"I feel a nostalgia for an age yet to come..."
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Here's a terrifying, yet hilarious "what if" article. (WARNING - SOME GRAPHIC LANGUAGE IS INCLUDED HERE)

BRETT RATNER'S NOTES

FOR HIS FILM VERSION

OF THE ROAD BY

CORMAC MCCARTHY .

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Here's a terrifying, yet hilarious "what if" article. (WARNING - SOME GRAPHIC LANGUAGE IS INCLUDED HERE)

I don't know... smart sharks sound pretty awesome to me!

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Link to the thread on the book.

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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Charlize Theron hits 'The Road'

Charlize Theron has signed on to join Viggo Mortensen in the bigscreen adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's bestselling novel "The Road" for 2929 Entertainment. . . . Theron, who will play the wife of Mortensen's character, will be seen mostly in flashback. Although the role is small, Theron joined the project because she's a big fan of the book -- published by Knopf in 2006 -- and was eager to reteam with producer Nick Wechsler, with whom she worked on 2000's "The Yards."

Variety, January 14

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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The first image from the film has surfaced over at Twitch.

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I just finished reading this. Great work. It gave me bad dreams.

Like opus, I kept imagining how scenes would be filmed (knowing the film was in production). It'll be a very gray film. And Pittsburgh was a good choice of location for that reason, as it is gray and coal-stained.

That report that Jeffrey posted is exciting - sounds like the father-son chemistry will be great.

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A USA Today First Look at The Road, with a link to six more photos from the production.

Imagining the end of the world is not easy, especially if you're not going to create one with a computer. But director John Hillcoat and filmmakers of The Road believe they discovered it in Pittsburgh.

"It's a beautiful place in fall with the colors changing," Hillcoat says. "But in winter, it can be very bleak. There are city blocks that are abandoned. The woods can be brutal. We didn't want to go the CGI world."

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A USA Today First Look at The Road, with a link to six more photos from the production.

Startlingly so close to the semblance of certain passages in the book , is it just me or do these stills make one feel bit jacked up and speedy .... i mention this not to be clever... nor liken the feeling to passing it off as fanboy anticipation and concern for accuracy in so honoring the text ... but something more... Indeed having been likewise purifed so by the refining fire of McCarthy's book ... i cant help but feel some sort of weird tension... felt not since the experiencing the film " The Passion." I dont know whether to honestly cheer about this or

somberly go back in the house and fill all my bathtubs up with water...and kiss my baby boy

the look or better gaze... in the eyes of all these great actors there in the stills recall the poem by Rilke called The Panther ... these stills shares a common gaze... both allude to the same tension of the primordial tooth and claw of nature...versus the true, the good, and beauty of humanity enduring so in the father and his Son in one word family... while the worlds on fire. The nature vs man theme used as it was in the McCarthy's earlier work the Crossing...of a boy and a wolf might be more applicable to the poem... yet i still think it resonates here in the gaze of all the stills .. and because of this it seems Hillcoat looks like he is gonna deliver more than just the goods, in something exceeding a simple cineplex viewing experience... but something akin and along the lines of a 2 hr witnessing ...a beholding if u will... for much like the pieta in the end of the Passion the images here gaze literally back at and into....me the viewer....and a reciprocal event occurs...and the movement reverberates and grows.. as it did for a beleiver, a poet, the dir. Hillcoat or in this case Scott Bowles. Thanks Baal T'shuvah for this update...the hope grows...and the tension as well, embraced.

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I got to look at the USA Today article and the pictures. I experienced a mix of excitement, surprise, and perhaps sardonic amusement. The pictures look like what was in my head while I read the book-- pretty much exactly. I'm so very glad that they've found a place where they can film and capture such a sense of desperation and hopelessness.

I live near the Pittsburgh area, however, and snickered when I read the comments about how "perfect" the area is, followed immediately by a twinge of remorse. For all the area's attempts to rebolster and revive their area, despite the amazing Robinson Town Center shopping district, the International Airport, the wonderful Carnegie Science Museum and the Zoo, this is pretty much Pittsburgh, for really. Dead steel town and whatnot. I read some of the comments from the article to coworkers, who were laughing and nodding in agreement.

It's funny; despite all the publicity they're getting, is it really a good thing that the deadness and despondency of their area is being pointed out?

I guess sometimes, any news is good news...

(The Pirates need all the help they can get.)

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Oh, you're a Pittsburgher too, livingeleven? Me too.

I was also grumbling over the comments, but maybe for a slightly different reason. I realize Pittsburgh isn't well off, but it's far from the scuzzy, smog-filled wasteland it was 25 years ago. The burgeoning arts movement in the city is insanely impressive, and

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A couple of links to a review of the script from Quiet Earth. May contain spoilers for those who haven't read the book.

If this is the script that gets filmed, then The Road will not only be the most important post-apocalyptic film ever made but it will profoundly affect the cinema going world. But I can't help but wonder; is the world ready for a film this dark? . . . That's not to say there aren't some changes and surprises along the way. However, I'd say most if not all the changes are for the better. In some cases, scenes have been extended to create even more tension. If you've read the book you'll know what I'm talking about when I mention "the house" scene. It is one of the tensest scenes in the screenplay and it has been extended to the point that it is almost unbearably suspenseful.

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'Road' may not be done in time for '08

The Viggo Mortensen dark thriller "The Road," a Dimension title from the Weinstein Co., originally was set for a Nov. 14 limited and Nov. 26 wide release. Now it quietly has been shifted until at least December -- and might be moved out of 2008 altogether.

Hollywood Reporter, October 15

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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If you play the follow-the-link game from the piece Jeffrey linked, you'll see an interested article at C.H.U.D. The reader comments are the best part. Basically, someone saw the screening and said everyone hated it. This viewer also hadn't read the book, and kind of missed the point of the movie. The C.H.U.D. comments unleash all kinds of hell on him.

I just hope nothing gets changed at this point, because the way it's described, it sounds just the way I'd want it.

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