Based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same, Child Of God will be making the rounds at the various film fests this season, including Venice & TIFF. Technically, this will be James Franco’s second, full-length effort with writing and directing credits, having released As I Lay Dying earlier this year.
The film stars Scott Haze (whom you see looking nice and creepy in this trailer), Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack and Franco himself. While McCarthy’s literal works are always popular when they’re translated to the big screen, nuance is key. In this Southern modern-gothic tale set in Sevier County, Tennessee, the film follows the story of a violent man who attempts to live outside the civility of social order.
Check out the teaser trailer below. No official release has been set for the film.
Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee in the 1960s, Child of God tells the story of Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man whom the narrator describes as “a child of God much like yourself perhaps.” Ballard’s life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Deprived of both his parents and a home, and with few other ties, Ballard descends to the level of a cave dweller, falling deeper into crime and degradation.
Source: The Film Stage