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Cormac McCarthy's play on HBO

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message 1: by Michael (new)

Michael Hi all.... This just in from Variety:

Jones, Jackson Ride into 'Sunset'
Duo Set to Star in Adaptation of McCarthy Play


HBO has set Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson to star in "The Sunset Limited," an adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy play. Jones will direct.
McCarthy adapted his play into a script. Production will begin next month in New Mexico.

Jackson plays a man who saves another man (Jones) from throwing himself in front of a Harlem subway train. The act begins an exchange of ideologies as the two men from different backgrounds debate the worth of their lives.

Barbara Hall will produce, and Jones will be executive producer.

Jones and Jackson previously worked together on "Rules of Engagement." The project marks Jones' third collaboration on a McCarthy-penned piece. Jones starred in the Coen brothers-directed adaptation of "No Country for Old Men" and also adapted the McCarthy novel "Blood Meridian" as a feature script.

McCarthy's play "The Sunset Limited" opened in 2006 at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater and moved Off Broadway later that year.

Jones just wrapped the John Wells-directed "The Company Men" with Kevin Costner, and he's adapting to star in and direct the Ernest Hemingway novel "Islands in the Stream." Jackson just wrapped "Unthinkable" and "Mother and Child." After he completes "The Sunset Limited," he'll star in "Vengeance: A Love Story."

message 2: by Michael (new)

Has anybody read McCarthy's Sunset Limited?

I bought it about a year ago and it's been sitting in a stack of books to read. I'm planning on reading it this weekend.

message 3: by David (new)

David (crzydjm) | 9 comments I watched this several months back and, for the most part, enjoyed it. Thoughts from anyone else?

message 4: by Parker (new)

Parker Brown | 1 comments I wasn't terribly impressed by the HBO short, and Sunset Limited isn't McCarthy's best work.

Part of the problem in dealing with religion in fiction is that it's been done so much before (see, e.g., The Brothers Karamazov, one of the only four novels that McCarthy has claimed to have read). The same conversation has been done much better in past works, & the language in SL isn't especially impressive.

It might even be classified as Bad McCarthy, though of a different type of the one John J Sullivan mentioned last year--the Cormac McCarthy that writes, when he wanted to write 'toadstools', "mushrooms with serrate and membraneous soffits where-under toads are reckoned to siesta."

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