Ridley Scott Looking to Direct Cormac McCarthy’s Spec Script ‘The Counselor’

Not content to just be a highly regarded, hugely successful author whose novels often get made into movies, Cormac McCarthy has decided that he wants to get into the Hollywood spec script writing business himself. Normally I would say that this is a bad plan for the future, but this is Cormac McCarthy…who’s going to pass on buying one of his scripts? The fruits of his screenwriting labors so far are a completed screenplay titled The Counselor, a story about a respected lawyer who tries his hand at working in the narcotics trade (to what can only be assumed are disastrous results).

As can be imagined, as soon as there was word that there was a script written by Cormac McCarthy in existence, it was immediately bought up in a big money deal. And coincidentally enough, it was The Road producers Nick Weschler and Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz that scooped it up. When talking about the purchase, Steve Schwartz told Deadline South Shields that, “The spec falls smack in the middle of what everyone responds to with Cormac’s novels…Since McCarthy himself 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 humor in the dialogue make the nightmare even scarier. This may be one of McCarthy’s most disturbing and powerful works.”

Given such high praise and pedigree it also shouldn’t come as a surprise that The Counselor already has at least one big name director interested in making it his next project. Deadline’s report also claims that Ridley Scott is currently negotiating to make this the follow-up to his upcoming Alien non-prequel Prometheus.

Apparently Scott is also looking at a couple of other projects, including a historical epic about Gertrude Bell and a film called Child 44 that Summit is developing, but he’s been talking directly to McCarthy about doing this script, and, come on, who is going to pass up an opportunity to direct an original, unseen work by Cormac F’n McCarthy?

Unless some serious red tape pops up in his way or Ridley Scott is just a crazy person, I would imagine that this is going to be the next thing he makes. And that would make for two Ridley Scott movies in a row that I’m interested in seeing. Don’t call it a comeback?

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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