Viggo Mortensen has been cast as the father walking across a post-apocalyptic America with his young son in The Road, a film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's follow-up novel to No Country For Old Men.
Australian director John Hilcoat (The Proposition) and screenwriter Joe Penhall (Enduring Love) will have a much harder time adapting McCarthy than the Coen brothers did with No Country: The Road is an amazing, superlative book, but it is also largely plotless and relentlessly grim. As recently as November, it looked like the movie was never going to get made, mostly due to the downbeat nature of the story.
If done right, though, I think the film could turn out to be something great. Charlize Theron has been cast as Mortensen's wife, and anyone who read the book knows although the role is tiny, it also leaves a deep impression. No word yet on who will play the kid.