Ridley Scott talks about filming Blood Meridian

Or more specifically, why he’s almost certainly not going to be able to.

This is a great example of why it’s worth investing a bit of time and effort in blogging. In the course of posting earlier today about my holiday reading, I came across this mention of an interview with director Ridley Scott published a couple of weeks ago, in which he explains why Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian (amongst my beachy reads) is virtually certain never to come to the screen:

[Studios] didn’t want to make it. The book is so uncompromising, which is what’s great about it. […] It would have been rated double-X. It’s Hieronymus Bosch, the way McCarthy describes the first time you see several hundred horses with bones and feathers on them, and you can’t see a rider until you’re staring at the Comanche. It’s horrific. He writes in visual images which are spectacular, so it suits me down to the ground.


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