If there is one thing that makes me sad it is a good filmmaker — in this case John Hillcoat, director of The Proposition — who has a great piece of material that they’ve turned into a potentially great film — in this case Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” — and it just sits on the shelf, collecting dust. Such is the case with The Road, a film that was set to make its debut at the end of the year last year but has since been parked by The Weinstein Co. with a buffet of post-production issues. In early December, star Viggo Mortensen said in an interview that they were “really aware of the fact that they’ve got one chance to do it, and if there’s any little things that they still want to work on a little more, to get it just right, whether it’s the music–I don’t know what it is–a variety of things, they want to do it right.”

And since then we have heard absolutely nothing, save for a claim that the film will be ready in the first quarter of 2009. Then today the studio releases five new stills from the film, as a tease. What I find to be most ironic is that they (The Weinstein Co.) are reminding us of a movie that they are holding back on the same day that they are releasing a now famously delayed film, Kyle Newman’s Fanboys. It would be funny if it weren’t also so sad.

Alas, let us bask in the gritty glory of the five photos below. Those who have read “The Road” — myself included — will find that a few of these shots are from very memorable scenes. Most notable is the picture of Viggo, as The Man, sitting in the cab of the truck — which I can only imagine is the scene with the truck hanging off the bridge. Just a thought. Hillcoat has certainly captured the right visual tone for the film, and I am anxious to see how the rest plays out on screen — that is, if it ever comes out.

The Road stars Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and Robert Duvall. Have a look at the new images below (click to enlarge).






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