Late last year, it looked like John Hillcoat (The Road, The Proposition) would direct an adaptation of the Matt Bondurant book The Wettest County in the World, possibly with Shia LaBeouf and Ryan Gosling in the lead roles. The name of the film was changed to The Promised Land when it appeared at the 2009 American Film Market, but financing never came together and in January of this year the film was pronounced dead.

And now — huzzah! —  it seems to be back from the grave, once again using the title The Wettest County in the World. Shia LaBeouf remains part of the project, but other rumored male co-stars have given way to a new actor who will join him: Tom Hardy. Read More »

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OK, don’t get too worried yet: this is just talk of interest in a film, not even ‘attachment’ or anything else. But John Hillcoat and Shia LaBeouf were talking about working together earlier this year when The Promised Land, based on the novel The Wettest County in the World seemed like a going concern, before it went to pieces.

Now the two are evidently interested in a crime drama spec script called Triple Nine. Read More »

John Hillcoat, the filmmaker behind The Road and The Proposition, has directed a new commercial for Levi’s titled “Ready to Work”. The commercial is “a tribute to the new pioneers of Braddock, PA.”

When the steel mills closed in Braddock, PA, they left behind a dwindling population living in near apocalyptic circumstances. Now, a new generation of urban pioneers has come with a mission- to create a new frontier from the ashes of the once vibrant town.

Instead of using models or actors, the spots use the residents of the actual community. The New York Times says the advertising campaign will play up the concept that the Braddock residents are “descendants of the pioneers who first wore Levi’s in the 1870s.” Watch the commercial directed by Hillcoat, embedded after the jump.
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Last month we told you that director John Hillcoat would be directing a 30-minute trailer/machinima/short film for Rockstar Games newest video game, Red Dead Redemption. The short gives us “a glimpse inside the life of partially reformed outlaw John Marston as he journeys through the vanishing American west seeking out his former brothers in arms, all in the name of justice.” Basically, it looks like one long cut scene from the game. Seeing billboards advertising for this game all around Los Angeles, I’ve been very tempted to pick it up (who says advertising doesn’t work?).

As David said previously, “Hillcoat’s 2009 film The Road proved that Hillcoat has the ability to craft a dark, thematically rich drama, but Hillcoat’s Proposition also showed that he has a knack for westerns.” Which is likely why he was hired to helm this effort. The trailer is now online, and embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Jean-Pierre Melville‘s film Le Cercle Rouge (aka The Red Circle) has been possible remake fodder for years. John Woo had his eye on it at one time (he’s long been a Melville devotee) and over the last couple of years it looked like Johnnie To was going to direct his own version. (Which was an idea that thrilled me, frankly.) Now John Hillcoat is being pursued as the latest director, and is actually talking about the project, at least in cautious terms. Read More »

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Because John Hillcoat has a strange machinima mini-film coming out to promote the game Red Dead Redemption later this week, I’ve been wondering about his other upcoming projects. And now we’ve got a report that Vacancy and The Hold 3D writer Mark L. Smith is writing The Revenant, which Hillcoat will direct, with Christian Bale currently in talks to star. If that isn’t enough for Smith, he’s got a couple of other big scripts going, including a remake of the firebrand French film Martyrs. Read More »

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John Hillcoat’s 2009 film The Road proved that Hillcoat has the ability to craft a dark, thematically rich drama, but Hillcoat’s Proposition also showed that he has a knack for westerns. Presumably, it’s this talent that Rockstar Games hoped to tap into when they hired Hillcoat to produce a 30-minute trailer/machinima for their new game, Red Dead Redemption. The game is a spiritual successor to their 2004 Red Dead Revolver. The trailer will air on Fox next month.
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Well, this is a lousy way to start the year. Over the last few months we’ve been watching as The Road director John Hillcoat attempted to kickstart a film adaptation of Matt Bondurant‘s novel The Wettest County in the World, which evidently was to be called The Promised Land on screen. Hillcoat had a script by Nick Cave and a solid cast attached, including Ryan Gosling and Shia LaBeouf.

Now, in a piece printed in the UK, Hillcoat says the film is dead as he expresses a dismal view of the film business in general. Read More »

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I’ve been keenly eyeing news on John Hillcoat‘s potential adaptation of The Wettest County in the World, scripted by Nick Cave based on the novel by Matt Bondurant. There’s been significant maybe/hopefully casting news for the film so far, but not much more. Hillcoat seems to have Shia LaBeouf and Ryan Gosling interested and/or attached, and there was word that other actors, like Scarlett Johansson and Michael Shannon, were interested. Now, based on some art from the American Film Market, it appears that the leading female role will go, in an ideal world, to Amy Adams. And the film may just have a slightly shorter and more generic title: The Promised Land. Read More »