Road Wanderer

I don’t trust IMDB commenters, but if I wasn’t suspicious of them I’d be very enthused about seeing John Hillcoat‘s The Road (Weinstein Co.), which, as we all know, was bumped out of an ’08 release last fall and hasn’t yet been given an ’09 release date. The talk from unreliable people who claim they’ve seen a recent cut is more than encouraging.

Harvey Weinstein will do what with it, I wonder? My guess is that he’ll push the opening all the way into the fall for an Oscar run. (Which is what the original plan ostensibly was.) But if it’s as good as the IMDB phantoms say it is, wouldn’t it make sense to show it in Cannes three months from now?

  • Midwest Doug

    Any movie shot in part in Crawford County, PA, is all right by me.

    http://www.meadvilletribune.com/local/local_story_100222140.html

    Hope it’s better than Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me.

  • actionman

    The Proposition is a masterwork. I can’t wait to see this film.

  • Jeremy Fassler

    I read the script of THE ROAD this summer and it made me cry. It was just as emotional as reading the book. I really couldn’t believe they made it work on paper as well as they did.

  • Calraigh Bracken

    If it’s anything even remotely approaching the quality of the script, it’ll be a masterpiece. It’s one of the few scripts I’ve read that stands alone as a piece of incredible literature, let alone the blueprint for a film.

    All limbs crossed.

  • Edward

    A great book, which has the potential to become a great film. Viggo Mortensen is an excellent choice to play the father.

  • K. Bowen

    I’m really looking forward to this one.

  • Sabina E

    I’ve been salvitating over “The Road” for a few months now.

  • MartinBlank

    Nathaniel over at Film Experience Blog saw a rough cut last October and was impressed.

    http://filmexperience.blogspot.com/2008/10/road-is-under-construction.html

  • scooterzz

    i hate to do an ‘actionman’ but my first response is ‘i cant’t wait !’….

    seriously, i maintain what i wrote months ago, this is going to be the first in a series….the book set it up in classic tradition…..a franchise is born….

  • DeafBrownTrashPunk

    I’ve been salvitating over “The Road” for a few months now.

  • Alan Cerny

    I cast Paul Giamatti in my head for THE ROAD. But Viggo’s fine. Watched APPALOOSA last night, what a terrific performance by him. In a just world that movie would have made a ton at the box office.

  • Griff

    Who wrote the adaptation?

  • Rich S.

    They probably haven’t yet released it because they can’t figure out a way to market it. Which, to be fair, they should have understood when they optioned the book to begin with.

    It’s a post-apocalyptic dystopia piece with almost no action whatsoever. No Mad Max types running around in biker gear or sterile futuristic cityscapes.

    The book is terrific, and after The Proposition, I completely trust Hillcoat to deliver on the film. I personally can’t wait, but, boy, is this going to be a tough sell. You thought people hated the ending of No Country for Old Men? Just wait.

  • actionman

    Griff — Joe Penhall wrote the adaptation — he also wrote the fantastic adaptation of Enduring Love.

    Scooterz — what’s wrong with being excited for a flick? Geez.

  • Krazy Eyes

    Anyone know if Nick Cave is going to work with Hillcoat again and do the score? Based on his work for both The Proposition and The Assassination of Jesse James I’d say he would be a perfect fit once again for the source material.

  • ElstonGunnAICN

    Yes, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are indeed scoring THE ROAD. I like their JESSE JAMES score better than THE PROPOSITION, but the latter ain’t bad at all. Looking forward to what they’re going to do for this.

  • JB Moore

    Krazy – I want to say I read somewhere that Cave and Warren Ellis are doing the score.

  • JB Moore

    And ElstonGunn confirms it. Kick ass.

  • Nordling

    I cast Paul Giamatti in my head for THE ROAD. But Viggo’s fine. Watched APPALOOSA last night, what a terrific performance by him. In a just world that movie would have made a ton at the box office.

  • TheCahuengaKid

    Is the screenplay for THE ROAD available online somewhere?

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