RIDLEY SCOTT ON ADAPTING BLOOD MERIDIAN

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  • 11 Jun 2015 at 11:33 pm #7236

    Peter Josyph
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    Rough transcription of RIDLEY SCOTT on BLOOD MERIDIAN OR THE EVENING REDNESS IN THE WEST

    SCOTT: BLOOD MERIDIAN was one of my favorite reads. And on the surface you think that Wow, this is going to make a slam-dunk Western, it’ll be fantastic. But it is so bloody and so unforgiving, irredeemably dark.

    We had it written. It was written by Bill Monahan. A good screenplay. But the orchestration of death was so endless and continuous that I had to say I wondered, should this not remain a book rather than turning it into a movie? Because i think it’s a good question.

    There’s a moment where that story takes off into wholesale scalping, which occurred, I think – I’m not sure if it was the 1840’s or the 1860’s – where there were literally groups would ride around, like Quantrill – who was probably a fugitive from the Civil War, Quantrill – and that’s why in my mind it was mid-1860’s, that late. Because it also tied in with the moment… the idea that the US cavalries, like the 7th Cavalry, were withdrawn from Arizona. They said you’ve got to come back and fight the Civil War. And I think that’s when you had the influx and the rise of abductions by the Indians on white settlers.

    The settlers. No one had a police force around him. He’s on his own. If you’re running around in the wilderness it’s a matter of time. It’s not if, it’s when, right?

    (Source: 2-disk BLU-RAY of THE COUNSELOR)


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    12 Jun 2015 at 11:40 am #7237

    Richard L.
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    Re: “There’s a moment where that story takes off into wholesale scalping, which occurred, I think – I’m not sure if it was the 1840’s or the 1860’s – where there were literally groups would ride around, like Quantrill – who was probably a fugitive from the Civil War, Quantrill – and that’s why in my mind it was mid-1860’s, that late. Because it also tied in with the moment… the idea that the US cavalries, like the 7th Cavalry, were withdrawn from Arizona. They said you’ve got to come back and fight the Civil War. And I think that’s when you had the influx and the rise of abductions by the Indians on white settlers.”

    Well, if that’s what he really said, it must be embarrassing for such a great moviemaker to be so ignorant of American history. Good grief.


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