For A Brief, Shining Moment, We Were Getting A 'Blood Meridian' Movie
Yesterday, James Franco and Russell Crowe announced they would be working together on a film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian.
And then, just hours later, it was announced that the project was halted.
It's yet another bump in the road for the film adaptation that's more fraught with peril than the book it's meant to adapt.
Franco's obsession with McCarthy started years ago, first seeing the big screen with the 2013 Franco-written/directed adaptation of McCarthy's Child of God, which received mostly negative reviews, although many of these reviews would lead one to think that the book and its protagonist present a tale that's readable in print, but unwatchable on screen.
Two years ago, Franco posted about 30 minutes of test footage for Blood Meridian at VICE.
Franco's introduction to the footage:
I made my test for Blood Meridian three or four years ago. It stars Scott Glenn, Luke Perry, Mark Pellegrino (Lost), and my brother, Dave. We shot it in three days in some place near Yosemite that is the mule capital of the world. If you know the book, you’ll recognize that this is the sequence where Tobin recounts how the Glanton gang met the Judge, a Satan-like character and Glanton's right-hand man. The gang was out of gunpowder and about to be caught by Apache warriors, whereupon they would be killed for lack of working weaponry. Enjoy.
Doing the math, this means that Franco has been working pretty seriously towards Blood Meridian for at least 5 years at this point.
Which is why, when the announcement was made that Franco would be adapting the book, with Russell Crowe and Vincent D'Onofrio starring, it seemed like such a victory.
And that's why it was so painful when, shortly after the announcement, the flim was halted by disagreements in the negotiations between the rights holders and the cast/crew.
But hey, perhaps the journey will be worth it. As McCarthy himself says in Blood Meridian:
There is no such joy in the tavern as upon the road thereto.
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