McCarthy goes from books to the big screen

Novelist, Cormac McCarthy, has had many of his books adapted into films and TV programmes, such as The Road and No Country for Old Men, but now he is having a go at being a screenwriter himself.


McCarthy has decided to write the film script for his latest story, The Councillor. This shocked many editors who were expecting to receive a book manuscript from the award winning novelist, but instead, received a screenplay.

As soon as the spec script went up for sale, actor Nick Wechsler (Revenge) and producer Steve Schwartz (The Road) quickly scooped the rights before a bidding war began.

Schwartz believes that since McCarthy 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 humour in the dialogue make the nightmare even scarier. This may be one of McCarthy’s most disturbing and powerful works.’

The Councillor tells the story of a high flying lawyer who decides to dip into the dark world of drug dealing. But will he survive?

The author has had some experience writing screenplays; in 1977 he wrote the script for the TV programme The Gardener’s Son, but The Councillor will be his first attempt to write a movie script.

McCarthy has been praised and awarded for many of his books. In 1992 he won the National Book Award for All the Pretty Horses; this was later made into a film starring Matt Damon and Penélope Cruz. In addition his 2005 novel, No Country for Old Men, was adapted into a film in 2007 by the Coen brothers.

Let’s hope McCarthy can really bring his vision to life through his screenplay of The Councillor.

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