Apparently anxious to make every one of his books into a movie, Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian is scheduled for a 2009 release with Todd Field as director. Field’s previous projects include Little Children (2006) and In The Bedroom (2001), but I only know him as the orgy catering organist Nick Nightingale from Eyes Wide Shut and Ol’ Drippy from Aqua Teen Hunger Force (what?).
I am serisouly against Blood Meridian being made into a movie. Previous adaptations of McCarthy’s work, notably 2007’s No Country For Old Men, have been successful, and The Road, also scheduled for release in 2009, looks promising under the helm of The Proposition director John Hillcoat (Nick Cave doing music again?). Blood Meridian, however, doesn’t seem like it will translate well to the silver screen, McCarthy using an ever present third-person narrator, a sparse amount of dialogue, and a highly subjective style of imagery. I enjoy blood-soaked western epics as much as the next man, but some adaptations are best left to the imagination.