Author Cormac McCarthy Sells His First Original Screenplay THE COUNSELOR January 19, 2012 Pulitzer-Prize winning author sells his first spec script. Deadline is reporting that Nick Wechsler, Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz, the producers behind ‘The Road,’ have acquired the rights to ‘No Country For Old Men’ and ‘The Road’ author Cormac McCarthy’s first spec screenplay ‘The Counselor.’ Set in the contemporary Southwest, the screenplay follows a respected lawyer who thinks he can dip a toe in to the drug business without getting sucked down. The lawyer ends up entangled in a situation that becomes increasingly desperate. Talking about the screenplay, Steve Schwartz said, “Since McCarthy himself wrote the script, we get his own muscular prose directly, with its sexual obsessions. It’s a masculine world into which, unusually, two women intrude to play leading roles. McCarthy’s wit and humour in the dialogue make the nightmare even scarier. This may be one of McCarthy’s most disturbing and powerful works.” The producers are now looking for a director to tackle McCarthy’s screenwriting debut as they talk to financiers.