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Jeremy Renner, Javier Bardem & Natalie Portman In Early Negotiations To Join Michael Fassbender In Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 8, 2012 9:19 PM
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Ever since its surprise announcement a month or so back, "The Counselor," the first script written directly for the screen by Pulitzer Prize-winner Cormac McCarthy, author of "No Country For Old Men" and "The Road," has been one of the hottest projects in Hollywood. Swiftly snapped up by the producers of "The Road," the film soon had Ridley Scott attached to direct, and man-of-the-moment Michael Fassbender locked into the lead role, an attorney who gets way over their head in the drugs trade.

We Read It: Casting Ridley Scott & Cormac McCarthy's Bleak, Beautiful Collaboration 'The Counselor'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2012 12:00 PM
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Accusations of ageism fly around Hollywood all the time, but they seemed to be fairly definitively refuted in recent weeks when a 78-year-old became the hottest screenwriter in town after his film sold, attracted Ridley Scott and Michael Fassbender, and was fast-tracked into production this May. Of course, it helps if that 78-year-old is Cormac McCarthy, the Pulitzer prize-winning author of "Blood Meridian," "All The Pretty Horses," "The Road" and the source material for Best Picture winner "No Country For Old Men." But it's still a rare achievement, to get a film from the page to a greenlight, with A-list talent attached, in only a matter of days.

Javier Bardem, Jeremy Renner & Brad Pitt Circling Same Role In Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2012 3:18 PM
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Could Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt be teaming on Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" before they work on "Twelve Years A Slave"? If everything shakes out, that could very well be the case.

Michael Fassbender Confirmed For Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor,' May 1st Production Start Lined Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2012 3:19 PM
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Well, we recently weighed out the odds of what Ridley Scott would be directing next out of the many, many, many things he's attached to and this one came out on top. And we couldn't be more excited as "The Counselor" seems to be moving full steam ahead to start shooting this spring and it has locked down the leading man.

Michael Fassbender May Star In Cormac McCarthy's 'The Counselor'; Ridley Scott Officially Signs On To Direct In May

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 9, 2012 9:14 PM
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Maybe those expecting Ridley Scott to make back to back sci-fi films (possibly a "Blade Runner" prequel/sequel), should hold their horses a little bit (pun intended). Sure, project's are always up in the air, but celebrated American author Cormac McCarthy's spec script "The Counselor" looks like it's on the fast track to nextsville. The "Alien" director, and its upcoming sorta prequel, "Prometheus," who was circling the picture last week has apparently officially committed -- in writing and what not -- to direct the "No Country For Old Men"-esque story (but "on steroids") about a cocky lawyer who naively gets involved in the drug trade, thinking he can tame it, and finds himself caught up in a desperate situation.

Ridley Scott To Direct Cormac McCarthy's 'The Counselor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2012 9:40 PM
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Well, that didn't take long. Nearly two weeks after Cormac McCarthy sold his first spec script titled "The Counselor," Deadline reports it now has a director in Ridley Scott. Hooray? 

'No Country For Old Men' Author Cormac McCarthy Sells First Spec Script 'The Counselor'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2012 9:44 AM
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Is Cormac McCarthy the greatest living American writer? We're sure cases could be made for many other authors, but show us one who's written something as undeniably great as "Blood Meridian," and we'll start to listen. Thanks to the Oscar-winning success of 2007's "No Country For Old Men," based on his novel, McCarthy has become quite the hot prospect in the film world in the last few years, with the Coen Brothers' film being swiftly followed by "The Road" and "The Sunset Limited," the latter an HBO take on his play, while several other adaptations have been percolating.

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