And now McCarthy himself is getting on in the action, as Deadline report that the writer has just sold his first-ever spec screenplay to producers Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz and Paula Mae Schwartz, who were behind the adaptation of "The Road." Entitled "The Counselor," the script (which is drawing comparisons to 'No Country'), follows a lawyer who gets embroiled in the drug trade, and ends up fighting for his life.
Wechsler says that "The spec falls smack in the middle of what everyone responds to with Cormac’s novels," while Steve Schwartz adds "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 humor in the dialogue make the nightmare even scarier. This may be one of McCarthy’s most disturbing and powerful works.” It's not McCarthy's first ever screen credit -- he penned a PBS TV movie called "The Gardener's Son" with Ned Beatty and Brad Dourif back in 1977 -- but it's the first since, and should be a much bigger deal.
The producers have a pretty strong slate at the moment -- they executive produced "The Tree of Life," and have "Cogan's Trade," "Under The Skin," "Magic Mike" and "The Host" on the way, with an impressive line-up of filmmakers. They're set to look for a director shortly -- could they try to interest their "Cogan's Trade" director Andrew Dominik, who was once working an adaptation of McCarthy's "Cities of the Plain"? We'll see, but it's exciting news either way.