Franco’s “Blood Meridian” Suddenly Scrapped

Whoops. Just a day after it was announced that Russell Crowe was in early talks to join the cast, the James Franco-directed film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s “Blood Meridian” has been scrapped.

Why? It turns out the announcement was made before certain deals were locked down, including that most important one of all – securing the rights to the book. As a result, the film is off the table and has apparently been ditched as it currently stands.

The 1985 novel follows a Tennessee teenager known only as The Kid who encounters a violent group of scalp hunters known as the Glanton Gang led by the menacing Judge Holden.

The likes of Ryan Reynolds, Tye Sheridan and Vincent D’Onofrio were said to be onboard the film which has been long been a passion project of both director Ridley Scott and producer Scott Rudin. Franco had previously tried to convince Rudin he was the man to direct the film, but a deal never emerged.

Rudin will apparently be drumming up financing by selling rights at Cannes.