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

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood January 18, 2012 at 12:01PM

Cormac McCarthy, the Pulitzer-prize winning author of "The Road" and "No Country for Old Men," has sold his first spec script.
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Cormac McCarthy

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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.