Welcome to The Morning Read.
I guess I should say welcome to 2011, as well, since this is our first column of the New Year. I hope you guys had a chance to check out the David Fincher interview I ran last night. He's got some great quotes in there. I love how excited he gets when we end up talking about George Lucas for a moment. I'm just pleased that somehow our conversation led to David Fincher saying, "You go, dude. That's so sick."
I'd like to say the same to James Franco if the reports of him signing on to write and direct "Blood Meridian" for Scott Rudin are true. That book by Cormac McCarthy is considered one of the great unfilmed books, and it feels like dozens of filmmakers have crashed on those rocks already. Franco's tastes are interesting, and if he does end up making the McCarthy film or adapting Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, those are challenging, dense pieces of material that will test Franco as a filmmaker. I consider his ongoing evolution to be one of the most interesting stories in Hollywood right now, and the jump to writing and directing is one that will define him in a new way yet again.