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Ridley Scott May Direct Cormac McCarthy’s Spec Script

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 12:  Director Ridley Scott speaks onstage at the "Cracks" press conference held at the Sutton Place Hotel on September 12, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ridley Scott

It sounds like 74-year-old Ridley Scott is close to committing to direct 78-year-old Cormac McCarthy's recently turned-in The Counselor, the Pulitzer-winning novelist's first ever spec script. Scott's stylistic switch from Prometheus — 3D, set in space, likely explosive — to McCarthy's dusty Southwest tale — No Country for Old Men has been invoked in passing — could be vast. It's also the most exciting pairing of storytelling septuagenarians we could ask for.

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/2009 Getty Images