Author Cormac McCarthy’s works have been mined for some stellar feature film adaptations over the past few years. All the Pretty Horses, The Road, and Best Picture winner No Country for Old Men have all come from the mind of McCarthy. Now the Pulitzer Prize-winning author is trying his hand at feature films, as he’s turned in his first spec script. His agents were expecting McCarthy to hand in his latest novel when instead he turned in the script for a film called The Counselor.
Deadline reports that the setting of The Counselor is reminiscent of No Country, and it centers on “a respected lawyer who thinks he can dip a toe in to the drug business without getting sucked down. It is a bad decision and he tries his best to survive it and get out of a desperate situation.” The contemporary drama is set in the Southwest and two of the leading characters are women. The film’s producers are currently talking to financiers and will quickly go looking for a filmmaker to attach to the project.