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Cormac McCarthy pens original screenplay

Mr. McCarthy has thrown everyone for a loop and has produced a screenplay for a full length film. Even his agents were surprised, they were expecting the 78-year-old author to turn in a draft for a new novel. The Guardian is reporting that the script is for a film called The Counselor, and it is about “a respected lawyer who bites off more than he can chew after foolishly getting involved in the drug business.”

The fact that McCarthy would consider penning a script should come as no real shock since the dramatizations of his more recent novels, including The Road and No Country for Old Men, have been so amazingly successful. It should also come as no surprise that this spec is reported to have already been picked up by Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz, the producers of The Road, and that they are excited to have it.

“The spec falls smack in the middle of what everyone responds to with Cormac’s novels,” Wechsler told Deadline. Steve Schwartz added: “Since McCarthy himself wrote the script, we get his own muscular prose directly, with its sexual obsessions. It’s a masculine world into which, unusually, two women intrude to play leading roles. McCarthy’s wit and humour in the dialogue make the nightmare even scarier. This may be one of McCarthy’s most disturbing and powerful works.”

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