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09 February 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Ridley Scott Directing The Counsellor

Update: It's hardly a surprise that, given he's been talking to McCarthy practically since the script hit, Ridley Scott is offically on board for The Counsellor. He's looking to get the thing made within months and has apparently been hitting up Prometheus' so-hot-right-now Michael Fassbender to play the lead. Nothing is set yet, but it's looking good...

A mere two weeks ago, No Country For Old Men author Cormac McCarthy surprised the film world by delivering a script called The Counsellor (instead of handing in his most recent book manuscript). We said at the time that we fully expected directors to come running to tackle the project and Ridley Scott was quicker than the rest, entering talks to make it his next film.

If he does direct the movie, it’ll be very different from Prometheus, which he’s busy finishing right now. The Counsellor focuses on a respected lawyer who foolishly thinks he can dabble in the drug business without being sucked into the criminal vortex. Bad move! He’s soon in a desperate situation and relying on his wits and legal smarts to survive.

That sound you can hear is all the other options that Scott has been considering as his follow-up to the sci-fi epic crying out in frustration. Right now there are a few scripts competing for his attention, including a Gertrude Bell biopic and Child 44 over at Summit.

But McCarthy is a special case, and Sir Ridley apparently has been discussing the idea with him directly, so it’s not that surprising he’d get first dibs. After all, he tried long and hard to make Blood Meridian, from McCarthy's book, a few years back. There’s no studio attached just yet, but we’re betting executives are salivating at the thought of nabbing the package that contains both those big names.

Prometheus will attack our screens on June 1.


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Michael Fassbender has been great recently but talk about being overexposed now. Why is it that every new project is having his name linked to it at the moment? More

Posted by artilleryman at 13:00 on 10 February 2012 | Report This Post

Unbelievable Tekkers!
I was excited by the idea of a McCarthy script, but now it's also a Ridley Scott picture I am very excited. More

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L: AxlReznor The theatrical cut of Kingdom Of Heaven isn't a classic. The Director's Cut most definitely is. he only thing keeping me from agreeing with you is the unfortunate casting of Orlando Bloom. While I feel the film is excellent on nearly every level, the fact our leading man is a big zero, a gaping hole from which no charisma can escape, hurts the film immeasurably and forces me to add an asterix to all my otherwise unqualified praise of Scott's epic. You needed an actor who co More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 22:17 on 01 February 2012 | Report This Post

I'm excited. More

Posted by Whistler at 11:51 on 01 February 2012 | Report This Post

The theatrical cut of Kingdom Of Heaven isn't a classic. The Director's Cut most definitely is. More

Posted by AxlReznor at 10:41 on 01 February 2012 | Report This Post

Blade Runner meets Breaking Bad?
McCarthy's a promethean writer, but Scott has been known to play Icarus with some of his output. Let's face it, Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood may have passed the time, but they sure ain't classics. More

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