The Road Taken
How does a director find a cinematic equivalent for Cormac McCarthy's poetic, minimalist style?
by Cormac McCarthy
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John Hillcoat is trying to ignore the pressure. Although the Aussie filmmaker admits that the opportunity to bring a Cormac McCarthy novel to the screen was "a dream come true," he didn't quite expect that audience anticipation would reach such a fever pitch. When he agreed to helm The Road in 2006, Hillcoat was coming off the critical success of the moody outback western The Proposition (2005). That effort attracted the attention of producer Nick Wechsler (Quills, We Own the Night), who had bought the film rights to McCarthy's postapocalyptic drama in advance of publication. McCarthy is one of Hillcoat's favorite novelists (he cites Blood Meridian as an influence on The Proposition), so the director gladly signed on. Little did he know that The Road would not only become a major best seller but win the Pulitzer
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