Here’s some exciting news: Sir Ridley Scott—who’s about to make a splash with Prometheus—will be directing The Counselor, from the first screenplay written by all-world author Cormac McCarthy, best known for writing the source material of shovel-ready movies like No Country for Old Men and The Road. The movie’s production cycle is speeding up, based on the news that Twentieth Century Fox is in talks to distribute the film, with Angelina Jolie rumored as a potential star alongside Michael Fassbender. Vulture reports that Jolie’s schedule just opened up, which would give her the time to fit The Counselor into her existing film commitments and give Fox even more incentive to invest. It’s still early, but hyping up a project with this robust of a creative pedigree usually isn’t a bad way to go.
McCarthy’s first script after a lifetime of writing intensely focused literature, The Counselor is supposed to be about a lawyer who gets started in the drug business before finding out, of course, that such a thing is the worst idea of all-time. “Since McCarthy himself wrote the script, we get his own muscular prose directly, with its sexual obsessions,” producer Steve Schwartz previously said. “It’s a masculine world into which, unusually, two women intrude to play leading roles. McCarthy’s wit and humor in the dialogue make the nightmare even scarier. This may be one of McCarthy’s most disturbing and powerful works.” Jolie would presumably play one of those women. (We’re just speculating.)