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Watch: James Franco's 32-Minute Test Reel For Cormac McCarthy's 'Blood Meridian' With Dave Franco, Luke Perry & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 22, 2014 9:21 AM
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At this point, James Franco can only be described as James Franco-esque: he writes books, writes reviews, does art installations and occasionally does some movies—both in front of and behind the camera. You may remember that back in 2011 Franco was circling an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s iconic novel “Blood Meridian” and shot some test footage as a proof-of-concept to get the rights to the novel. Now, in advance of the release of Franco’s adaptation of a different McCarthy novel “Child of God,” the actor-cum-director (among other things) has released that test reel for all to see.

NC-17? Hell, Ridley Scott Says His 'Blood Meridian' Adaptation Would Have Been "Double X" Horrific

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 25, 2013 9:15 AM
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Ridley Scott, The Counselor
While this weekend's two notable releases--“Blue is the Warmest Color” and Ridley Scott's “The Counselor”--had us contemplating the explicit and aberrant examples in film from years past, it should be noted that the “Gladiator” director could've brought both to the big screen in a big way--if only a studio would touch it. He's still made history by making Cormac McCarthy's first original screenplay into a chatty and not entirely successful oddity, but in a recent interview, Scott touched briefly on his quashed adaptation of the author's best known and most grisly work.

5 "Unfilmable" Novels That Became Movies & 5 More That Are On The Way

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 17, 2012 11:59 AM
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Like a red rag to a bull, the term "unfilmable novel" elicits about the same reaction for filmmakers as it does for Chief Wiggum in "The Simpsons" when he tells Ralph not to go into "the forbidden closet of mystery." Some of the greatest works of literature have been deemed, correctly or not, as unfilmable, and yet writers, directors, producers and stars keep trying, either developing such projects for years with no success, or very occasionally getting the films financed, usually with mixed success.

James Franco Talks Potential Adaptations Of 'As I Lay Dying' And 'Blood Meridian'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 4, 2011 12:30 AM
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Actor Went To Scott Rudin With Test Sequence Of 'Meridian' Starring Mark Pellegrino, Scott Glenn, Luke Perry & Brother DaveAnother turn in the tale of James Franco's very ambitious directorial hopes. After a story broke yesterday revealing the actor's plans to adapt two classic novels -- William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" for Fox Searchlight and Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian"-- word from producer Scott Rudin (reported to be teaming with Franco on the latter) put a dent in the story by alluding, in an email, to the story being inaccurate.

Updated: James Franco In Talks To Write & Direct 'As I Lay Dying'; Circling 'Blood Meridian'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2011 7:01 AM
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Also Wraps Indie Film 'The Broken Tower'So we've been spending the morning in a post-New Year's Eve haze, slowly getting back up and running while we wait for the news cycle to once again kick in. And it has. In a huge way.

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