It’s never too late to sell your first script. Of course, it helps if you’re Pulitzer Prize-winning prose maestro Cormac McCarthy. While a number of McCarthy’s novels have been successfully translated into films — All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, The Road — Ridley Scott’s upcoming The Counselor is the first to be based on an original screenplay by the author himself. Scott had previously circled an adaptation of McCarthy’s 1985 masterpiece Blood Meridian, a project that has been killed more times than the characters in its pages.
The director re-teams with Prometheus’ Michael Fassbender, who stars as a lawyer looking to make a little extra money by getting involved in a one-off drug deal. Unsurprisingly, things do not exactly go well. More specifically, they devolve into a nightmarish imbroglio of backstabbing and existential violence. Based on the dialogue-free pages of the screenplay excerpted earlier this month in The New Yorker, the film appears to share the sparse, bloody undertones of 2007’s similarly Southwest-set No Country for Old Men. Brad Pitt, McCarthy alum Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Penélope Cruz all round out the impressive cast. Check out these another exclusive image from the film below and ponder all the terrible, vivid ways in which these characters are probably going to die.
The Counselor hits theaters Oct. 25.