On The Road

The New York Times has a great article about the production of The Proposition director John Hillcoat’s adaptation of The Road, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men), which has just completed production. No Country for Old Men and The Proposition are two of my favorite movies of the past several years, and the story’s dark, realistic take on a post-apocalyptic story sounds right up Hillcoat’s alley, so to say I’ve been excited about this project is something of an understatement.

The film centers a father and son as they try to get to safety after an unexplained cataclysm. The Times article concentrates largely on the rapport between the two lead actors — the father and son — as played by Viggo Mortenson and Kodi Smit-McPhee, who was previously cast as young Logan in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but pulled out to stick with The Road when scheduling conflicts arose. (As big of a hit as the Wolverine film will be, I dare say the larger role in The Road will make a better line on his resumé.)

The article does contain some spoilers if you haven’t read the novel, so be warned, but I wouldn’t worry too much about it: good stories aren’t about where they go, but how they get you there.

Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce (Memento) round out the film’s cast. The Road arrives in theaters on November 26, 2008.

Posted on May 29, 2008 at 10:40 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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