Looks like my man Tommy Lee Jones just can’t stay away from the works of Cormac McCarthy. After starring in the Coen Brother’s adaptation of McCarthy’s novel No Country for Old Men (which, as we all know, won the Oscar for Best Picture) and himself adapting the novel Blood Meridian, Jones has set his sights on directing and starring in Sunset Limited, an adaptation of McCarthy’s play of the same name, for HBO. According to the folks over at Variety, Jones will be joined by badass motherfucker Samuel L. Jackson, whose character saves a man (Jones) from throwing himself in front of a subway. McCarthy’s script, which he adapted himself, follows the two very different men has they discuss their life’s worth in what I imagine to be a sort of existential pissing contest.
As a huge fan of McCarthy and Jones, I think this is one to keep on our radar. HBO is obviously known for quality productions, and I think Jones is a great choice to handle the type of story and environment McCarthy is known for. I loved Jones’ first feature film directorial outing The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, so I’m delighted to see him once again hopping behind the camera. He’s also one of my favorite actors, and the addition of Samuel L. Jackson just ups the acting ante, in my opinion. With any other pair and any other script, it would be easy to write off the seemingly cliché story of two men from different sides of the tracks debating the meaning of life, but McCarthy isn’t just any writer and both Jackson and Jones easily have the weight to anchor a solid character piece.
Production on Sunset Limited will begin next month in New Mexico.