Hillcoat has McCarthy's blessing for BM adaptation

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  • 01 Mar 2016 at 9:29 am #8199

    Dowdy
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    Very intriguing comments from John Hillcoat on the Q&A Podcast with Jeff Goldsmith, regarding Blood Meridian:

    “The one that I’ve always wanted —and I have Scott Rudin in my way blocking it— is ‘Blood Meridian,’ which Cormac McCarthy has offered to adapt into a screenplay,” he said. “We both discussed it and feel like we’ve cracked how to make it into a film, so if anyone knows how to move Scott Rudin… We even had money to finance it, but [Rudin] clearly has other ideas.”

    I’m not sure how I feel about this. I think Rudin may perhaps be the wise one in this situation, despite how much I admired The Proposition and thought that The Road was, for the most part, a fairly decent adaptation.

    Anyway, I found the news on this page, which contains a link to the podcast in question: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/john-hillcoat-says-cormac-mccarthy-has-offered-to-adapt-blood-meridian-for-him-but-scott-rudin-is-blocking-him-20160229


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    01 Mar 2016 at 9:15 pm #8200

    Glass
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    Some Cormackians were discussing this at the Memphis conference.


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    02 Mar 2016 at 6:09 pm #8201

    nednerb
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    First two pages.


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    03 Mar 2016 at 12:10 am #8203

    adrianb
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    Dowdy: Very intriguing comments from John Hillcoat on the Q&A Podcast with Jeff Goldsmith, regarding Blood Meridian:

    “The one that I’ve always wanted —and I have Scott Rudin in my way blocking it— is ‘Blood Meridian,’ which Cormac McCarthy has offered to adapt into a screenplay,” he said. “We both discussed it and feel like we’ve cracked how to make it into a film, so if anyone knows how to move Scott Rudin… We even had money to finance it, but [Rudin] clearly has other ideas.”

    I’m not sure how I feel about this. I think Rudin may perhaps be the wise one in this situation, despite how much I admired The Proposition and thought that The Road was, for the most part, a fairly decent adaptation.

    Anyway, I found the news on this page, which contains a link to the podcast in question: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/john-hillcoat-says-cormac-mccarthy-has-offered-to-adapt-blood-meridian-for-him-but-scott-rudin-is-blocking-him-20160229

    Ever since I saw The Proposition I knew Hillcoat was a man thinking on McCarthy’s wavelength. McCarthy obviously thinks so too. I’m so pleased to hear that Hillcoat has McCarthy’s blessing. I think if anyone should make a movie version of Blood Meridian it’s him. Either that or don’t make it at all. But I’m very encouraged by this: “We both discussed it and feel like we’ve cracked how to make it into a film”.


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    25 Apr 2016 at 11:34 am #8267

    Magnanimity is a rare virtue these days, but one that would gain Scott Rudin much more respect than he now gets if he honored the wishes of McCarthy and Hillcoat to make a film of Blood Meriadian. Hillcoat did a fine job with The Road. I can’t imagine any other director doing as well.

    BobbyKnoxville


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    25 Apr 2016 at 11:51 am #8268

    Toni
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    Paul Thomas Anderson, since Kubrick is dead. What troubles me when
    it comes to adapting BM are the metaphysical and poetic aspects of it.
    That’s why I doubt Hillcoat is the man. His movies are ok, but they
    never seem to have any serious gravity. With BM there is such a big
    risk of it being nothing but a stupid gore fest without any substance
    what so ever. So I don’t know. . .If it has to be done, I think Anderson
    may well be the man for the job.

    While on the subject: since I first read BM I’ve had this series of slow
    motion images in my head of the ‘Legion of horribles’ scene (especially
    that scene) with Gyorgy Ligeti’s Requiem as soundtrack; the polyharmonic
    choir piece Kubrick used in 2001:A Space Odyssey.


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    01 May 2016 at 10:00 am #8274

    ryetronics
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    After watching The Revenant, I think a director worth considering for a BM adaption is Alejandro González Iñárritu. The way he respected the natural surroundings and focused on it’s beauty and meaning were on point.


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    02 May 2016 at 10:35 am #8276

    Richard L.
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    Yes, THE REVENANT lost some of its grandeur when viewed on the small screen, but the naturalism of it holds up, and the symbolism, where hunter and hunted fall dead in the same tracks, inhabit each others hides, etc., seems even more profound with distance.

    A couple of weeks ago on the Educational Channel, they ran a NOVA episode which featured Max Tegmark, Plato, and numbers theory. Among other delightful things, they talked about the spiral and how the numbers appear in this order in nature almost magically–which made me think of the spiral in THE REVENANT. See THE GREAT MATH MYSTERY:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/great-math-mystery.html


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