Venkman here with some new photos for the upcoming movie 'The Road' starring Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron and 11 year old Kodi Smit-McPhee. These pics come from USA Today along with a short article about the film. They say the film...
was shot in Katrina-ravaged New Orleans and on Mount St. Helens in Washington state for scenes of devastation.
But most of the film was shot in and around Pittsburgh.
Hillcoat found abandoned coal fields, a deserted amusement park and an 8-mile stretch of closed freeway as locations.
"It's tangible, the misery and hopelessness and the bleakness," Mortensen says. "It gives you much more to work with if you're filming in that world instead of a green screen.
"You have to bring a story to life in a movie in a way you don't have to in a book - even a book as powerful as that."
But Mortensen says that, like the book, the film adaptation is more than bleak imagery.
"I spoke with Cormac before we started shooting," he says. "I think what's made this story so universally loved is because it's really about protecting your child, no matter what the circumstances.
"At its core, it's a love story."
I am happy they searched out these real shooting locations instead of making this movie in a CGI world. These photos give a great example of the grittiness of the world which the director John Hillcoat was gong for. From what I have seen and heard about this film, it looks like it could be pretty amazing. Here is what the story is about.
A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food--and each other.