It's been ages since we've heard a peep about the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Road. After McCarthy's brutal Texas drama No Country for Old Men won four Oscars at the 80th Academy Awards, rumors of future McCarthy adaptations of The Road and Blood Meridian sprung up immediately, with The Road slated for a November 2008 release. Then McCarthy's post-apocalyptic doom-fest was pushed to December, and then ... silence.

But fans of the book -- which was re-released with one of those "Now being made into a real-life motion picture!!!!" stamps a while ago -- can quit their grumbling, because The Road will be released on October 16th, 2009. Once again, it's just in time for Oscar season.

It seemed like a no-brainer to shuffle this genius McCarthy work out the door, especially judging by the cast (helloooo, Viggo), director John Hillcoat, and the few grimy photo stills released to the public. It also bears mentioning that Mr. McCarthy is a tough road to hoe himself, and is known for his dislike for the press and reluctance to get involved in any more film projects after his rumored dissatisfaction with the 2000 adaptation of All the Pretty Horses. So what happened?

Although the Weinstein / MGM split probably had a little something to do with the hold-up, it's still not clear exactly why we've been forced -- forced, I tell you! -- to wait so long for Viggo's arduous trek to El Paso, accompanied by the dulcet tones of Warren Ellis and Nick Cave and his lustrous mustache. (Okay, it's not really El Paso, just inspired by El Paso.)

It also bears mentioning that Hillcoat is directing Cave's screenplay Death of a Ladies' Man and is a long-time buddy of the Cave, having worked with Cave as both an actor and a musician since Hillcoat's directorial debut, Ghosts... of the Civil Dead.