The film website Comingsoon.net recently sat down with The Road Direcor John Hillcoat to talk about his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's post apocalyptic novel. Here are some highlights:
CS: I was wondering how much time you had with Cormac through the whole process. Hillcoat: None until we were in pre-production and that was right from the first conversation, he was absolutely brilliant, because he released a huge burden and weight from my shoulders, where he immediately just said, "Look, I understand a book's a book, a film's a film, totally different mediums and away you go."
CS: Were most of the visual influences taken from the book or did you have other things you wanted to bring into it? Hillcoat: We kind of went off on a slight tangent, but it was all inspired from the book, like the fact that he's pushing all his possessions in a shopping trolley led us to the homeless. That defined the wardrobe. My production designer and I--our references weren't other films--we had actual photos of locations that were like a small apocalypse in themselves. The world felt familiar in some way even though it's so extreme. I think there's that and the other slight digression was the flashbacks. We wanted to make a little more of the flashbacks and make the wife a little more empathetic in terms of understanding her position and her choice.
CS: Were those flashback scenes shot very early on or much later in the shoot? Hillcoat: We started in the winter and then we went to Oregon and actually some of it was shot in New Orleans when they were doing their post-Katrina cleanup. It's still going on.
CS: Some of the scenes with the boats, that was shot down there? Hillcoat: Yeah, yeah. Actually the boats, it's literally sourced from a 70mm IMAX shoot. That shot was filmed two days after Katrina hit. What we did then was get the CGI to put in... because there was a blue sky and bright sun and green grass so we replaced all that, but the actual boats and all the debris, it's all real.
You can read the whole interview here. The film opens next Wednesday, 25 November, in the US and staggared release dates in Europe starting with France on 2 December. Check here to see when it will be released in your country.