Cormac McCarthy adaptations are tricky.
The Coen brothers’ take on No Country for Old Men may have picked up four Oscars, including Best Picture, but that hasn’t exactly been the norm when it comes to translating the venerable author’s stark worldview onto the big screen.
Billy Bob Thornton’s $57 million All the Pretty Horses was panned in 2000; it currently boasts a dismal 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and only made $15 million domestically. John Hillcoat’s take on The Road fared better critically (75 percent), but it flopped at the box office too — netting a mere $8.1 million on a reported $25 million production budget. And then there was Ridley Scott’s star-studded The Counselor from just last year. Based on an original screenplay from McCarthy, the film also failed to woo critics and audiences (though some still ardently defend its bleak genius).
But, the scattered history didn’t dismay renaissance man James Franco, who decided to take on McCarthy’s 1973 novel Child of God. It premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival to limited mixed reviews and is finally getting it’s theatrical due on Aug. 1. The story follows Lester Ballard (played by Scott Haze), a violent man intent on living on the outskirts of society in Appalachian Tennessee as he descends further into isolation and crime. “When one is working with material like a Cormac McCarthy book, the goal is easy: try to live up to the material,” Franco told EW via email.
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