McCarthy's The Road completes filming
The Road by Cormac McCarthy is a novel that has received a lot of critical and public acclaim, particularly as it has won a Pulitzer Prize, and so it was not unlikely to see it receive a film adaptation. The news today though is that it has completed filming and there are some very positive things being said about the film already, mainly by those involved.
The Road has picked up some interesting talent for the film version with John Hillcoat directing Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Michael Kenneth Williams and newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee from Joe Penhall's script. It all sounds rather enticing.
The story sees a post-apocalyptic world hit by some unexplained catastrophe. It's struggling to stay alive, as is humanity, and a father and son fight their way across country trying to keep the remnants of decency and humanity alive, at least within themselves.
The New York Times wrote a piece about the end of filming which Rope of Silicon carry, and with it come some very interesting comments that tell us the film will be very close to the novel, and that it may well concentrate on the performances of the strong line up.
With John Hillcoat having made the excellent The Proposition and names like Viggo Mortensen, Guy Pearce and Robert Duvall involved you would think that the film was going to be a strong one. Hillcoat says of the story and the film:
"What's moving and shocking about McCarthy's book is that it's so believable...So what we wanted is a kind of heightened realism, as opposed to the 'Mad Max' thing, which is all about high concept and spectacle. We're trying to avoid the clichés of apocalypse and make this more like a natural disaster."
Meanwhile the article in the NY Times says that the script is extremely faithful to the novel, however it does expand on the flashbacks to the wife and mother of the main characters.
Mortensen himself has equally positive things to say about the film.
"They're on this difficult journey, and the father is basically learning from the son. So if the father-son thing doesn't work, then the movie doesn't work. The rest of it wouldn't matter. It would never be more than a pretty good movie. But with Kodi in it, it has a chance to be an extremely good movie, maybe even a great one."
Now that does sound good. There's a whole lot of praise in the article for Smit-McPhee, the eleven year old Australian playing the other lead role of the son, and it sounds slightly more than the normal amount of praise dished out for fellow actors.
Reading these comments and finding out about the source novel - which I haven't read as yet - I have to think that this is sounding very strong indeed, and with Hillcoat behind the camera I'm very excited to see how it turns out, hopefully spinning around our idea of post-apocalyptic tales in film and giving us something a lot more thought provoking.