Some new Cormac McCarthy
material is always welcome. The 77-year-old author, who's written such celebrated, hard-boiled novels as Blood Meridian, The Road
and No Country for Old Men,
is known for his gritty western plots setups. So his play The Sunset Limited
, which doesn’t feature cowboys or pretty horses, might come off as a surprise to some. Like the source material, the upcoming HBO film adaptation, set to premiere on February 12, features a Christian ex-con named Black (Samuel L. Jackson
) and a suicidal atheist professor named White (Tommy Lee Jones
). Black saves White from jumping onto a train track and brings him back to his apartment, where paradoxical views collide. Although two veteran heavy-hitters are headlining this clash of lip-smacking wit and moral conscience, we’re wary it might not translate well into a full-length feature. Peep the trailer to see what we're talking about.