Ridley Scott Seeks McCarthy’s “Counselor”

Ridley Scott is in talks to direct Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy’s original scripted drama feature “The Counselor” reports Deadline.

The film marks the “No Country For Old Men” and “The Road” author McCarthy’s first spec screenplay and was quickly snapped up by producers Nick Wechsler and Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz.

The story follows a respected lawyer in contemporary south-west United States who thinks he can dip a toe into the drug business without getting pulled in, a decision he tries his best to survive.

Scott has been talking directly to McCarthy and it’s likely both he and his Scott Free Entertainment company will hop onboard.

If he signs then Scott will make this his next film once he’s wrapped post-production on “Prometheus”. The project takes priority over several films he’d been offered including a Gertrude Bell biopic and Summit’s “Child 44”.

No studio has yet picked up the rights, but with this team attached there’ll no doubt be a fight over who gets it.