Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy has had four of his novels adapted into films (All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, Outer Dark, and The Road), and claims he actually started No Country for Old Men as a screenplay and turned it into a novel when no one wanted it. But no one has ever hired him to write specifically for a film or bought one of his screenplays… (*dramatic music*) …UNTIL NOW. From TOLDJA.com:
The terrain of the script is reminiscent of the rough and tumble world depicted in No Country For Old Men. The protagonist in The Counselor is a respected lawyer who thinks he can dip a toe in to the drug business without getting sucked down. It is a bad decision and he tries his best to survive it and get out of a desperate situation. While McCarthy’s ICM agents Binky Urban and Ron Bernstein were expecting McCarthy to deliver his next novel, he instead surprised them with the spec script before returning to the book.