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Don’t let the relatively unknown director, John Hillcoat (The Proposition), and writer, Joe Penhall (Blue/Orange), scare you away—The Road is shaping up to be nothing less than a thoughtful and invigorating ride. With a solid 88% “Fresh” rating over at Rotten Tomatoes, this film isn’t poised for much disappointment. Adapting Cormac McCarthy’s Pullitzer Prize winning 2006 novel of the same name, the film pits two nameless protagonists, Man (Viggo Mortensen) and Son (Kodi Smit-McPhee), in a dreary, Terminator Salvation-like visually gritty post-apocalyptic landscape. Receiving support from Charlize Therone, Robert Duvall, and Guy Pearce, the cast certainly rounds itself out quite nicely. Wait a minute—let’s rewind: Did I just liken Cormac McCarthy’s The Road to McG’s Terminator Salvation? I am so sorry. Please forgive me. And, while we’re asking for forgiveness, please also forgive the trailer’s utterly ridiculous score that kicks in at around 1:25.
But, enough from me! Check out the first trailer for The Road below or in HD on Yahoo.
So who said Mortensen was tired of acting? The man is clearly back in full form, and ready for some Oscar recognition. And, so are the The Weinsteins, The Road’s producers: According to Reuters, the film has been pushed back three times. Originally scheduled for a release date sometime in November 2008, the film was pushed back to December, then to October 16th, 2009, and now to November 25th. The studio has calculatingly played with the film’s release date and post-production timeframe in order to reposition it as a staple of their 2009 lineup. Not a bad decision, if you ask me; I would have hated to see this film slip through the cracks à la pre-Oscar No Country For Old Men.
On an interesting side note, the relatively secluded McCarthy—in his first television interview ever—got some face time with Oprah Winfrey in 2007, where he divulged his inspiration for the novel: On a visit to El Paso, Texas, with his son, his imagination ran wild as he tried to envision the city in a cold, barren future. He subsequently put the idea aside for a few years until, while off in Ireland, he suddenly quickly penned the entire novel, to which he then dedicated to his son.