James Franco to direct "Blood Meridian" — for real, this time.

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  • 05 May 2016 at 1:53 pm #8282

    http://www.screendaily.com/festivals/cannes-news/james-franco-russell-crowe-im-global-team-on-scott-rudins-blood-meridian/5103396.article?blocktitle=Latest-news&contentID=276

    Tye Sheridan is a good choice for the kid. D’Onofrio looked sufficiently judge-like in “Daredevil”, but he’s much too “obvious” for the part and I’m afraid that his menace will overshadow the fact that the judge is one charismatic, charming sumbitch. This is the sort of part John Goodman would’ve crushed in his “Barton Fink” days. Crowe as Glanton seems promising.

    Franco, though, is just the worst. I saw what he did to “Child of God” and that should’ve been enough. His “Blood Meridian” test footage was godawful, too.


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    05 May 2016 at 3:50 pm #8284

    Ken
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    I have ultra-low expectations indeed. What sort of thinking went into choosing Franco?!, but that’s mainstream Hollywood for you. The saving grace is that at least the consequences here are harmless, unlike our upcoming presidential election, in which both major parties really scraped the bottom of the barrel.

    By the way, Franco’s “The Sound And the Fury” will be released on DVD in late June. I’m expecting it to be bad, but I’ll be watching it as I have watched his various recent literary adaptations, all bad, my opinion. I’m obviously not a Franco fan but I want to watch them because I’m a fan of the original novels, and I need to watch them to be able to talk about them.


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    05 May 2016 at 6:22 pm #8285

    Will
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    Maybe not for real this time?

    Seems like things are a little preemptive since Franco and co. don’t seem to have rights to the adaptation.


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    05 May 2016 at 7:25 pm #8286

    ryetronics
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    Considering the story about Franco getting Cormac himself on the phone and Cormac basically blowing him off, I’d be surprised if this turned out to be true.


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    05 May 2016 at 9:25 pm #8288

    Glass
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    I don’t think McCarthy owns the rights to adaption of Blood Meridian. Unless he bought them back recently.


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    06 May 2016 at 3:49 am #8290

    TheCustodian
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    The deal immediately fell through when it was revealed that Rudin didn’t have the right to the novel… and after the recent news that Cormac McCarthy himself had offered to adapt the book for John Hillcoat but couldn’t due to Rudin blocking them, I’m wondering who actually DOES have the rights.

    I didn’t really have any issue with this cast but I still don’t know if I could bring myself to watch it no matter who is involved because I love the novel so much, so maybe it’s all a blessing in disguise.

    Also, hello this is my first post 🙂


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    06 May 2016 at 4:08 am #8292

    Driftwood70
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    This all strikes me as about as encouraging as when Hillcoat omitted the rear view mirror from The Road (a mind-boggling oversight and unfathomably neglected cinematic opportunity) and then added piano music to it.


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    09 May 2016 at 5:05 pm #8301

    Rick Wallach
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    I spoke with Scott Haze last year at a local arthouse screening of Child of God and he seemed pretty certain that he’d be a key part of Franco’s BM cast, but I don’t see him mentioned here. Things have shifted, obviously, as time has gone by on this perpetual boondoggle.

    I agree that it’s too bad John Goodman seems too old for the judge part, but frankly, McCarthy gives us no clue about how young or old the judge seems to be. None. Zip. Zilch. We’re left entirely on our own to envision him in terms of age – we only know that between leaving the kid in jail in California and showing up at the card tables in Fort Griffin, whatever the judge had looked like, he still looked the same.

    Which is by way of saying that Goodman could still pull it off.


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    09 May 2016 at 7:57 pm #8302

    cantona
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    My vote goes to Hodor.


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    09 May 2016 at 11:22 pm #8303

    mff9200
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    Goodman playing Polyphemus in Coen’s “O Brother…” is all we need to see, so just give him the part of The Judge. Franco? I can’t say that I am a fan of anything he’s done, but something is better than nothing…

    I’m really out of the loop on this but I’d rather see Andrew Dominik’s Cities of the Plain over the potential Blood Meridians being discussed. Killing The Softly has grown into a favorite film of mine.


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