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Pulitzer-Prize Winner Cormac McCarthy Sells His First Spec Script: 'The Counselor'

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by Maggie Lange
January 18, 2012 12:01 PM
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Cormac McCarthy, the Pulitzer-prize winning author of "The Road" and "No Country for Old Men," has sold his first spec script.

The writer's vivid characters, complex plots amid gorgeous landscapes have yielded feature films including "All the Pretty Horses" (2000), "No Country for Old Men" (2007) and "The Road" (2009). James Franco is in talks to develop McCarthy's 1985 novel "Blood Meridian." Now the author has taken scriptwriting into his own hands.

Nick Wechsler, Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz, who produced "The Road," have made a preemptive acquisition of McCarthy's screenplay "The Counselor," reports Deadline. Set in the contemporary American southwest, "The Counselor" follows an eminent lawyer who attempts to dabble in the drug business and finds himself entangled in a mess of moral quandaries.

Wechsler told Deadline that this script will fulfill audience's expectations of McCarthy's writing: "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."

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