📑 How the Most Gruesome Western Ever Written Became an ‘Unfilmable’ Hollywood Legend

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Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy’s fifth book, was first published in 1985 to lukewarm critical and commercial reception. It’s gone on, of course, to become recognized as McCarthy’s masterpiece and among the greatest American novels of all-time. 
All the while, it’s been the source of one tr…

Todd Gilchrist turned to Stacey Peebles, Noah Gallagher Shannon and Mark Pellegrino to discuss the challenge of bringing Cormac McCarthy’s class text, Blood Meridian, to the big screen. They reflect upon the narrative, casting and violence.

Peebles: I honestly believe that with the right spin, it’s got potentially huge appeal — because of McCarthy. You have one of the greatest living American authors. He’s won a Pulitzer, and this is arguably his master work. It also has this history of failed adaptations, which lends another cachet, like it’s so amazing that it’s never been brought to the screen! Plus, today’s political context doesn’t have to be a burden either. It can be an advantage.

This reminds me of the long running sage associated with filming Patrick White’s novel Voss.

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