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 »


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 »


John Hillcoat is the director of The Road, which has had a publicly difficult path from page to screen. But that hasn’t stopped him from lining up a few potential follow-ups. We’ve talked about these more than once over the last months, but now that Hillcoat is doing domestic publicity for The Road a few more details are starting to trickle out. After the break, we’ve got positive news on casting for his adaptation of The Wettest County in the World, and his plans for Nick Cave‘s recent novel The Death of Bunny Munro. Read More »


John Hillcoat‘s adaptation of the Matt Bondurant novel The Wettest County in the World isn’t happening yet. It was set up at Columbia for some time, but put into turnaround by the studio. Now producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher (who did Jarhead and Memoirs of a Geisha and are working on Nicolas Winding Refn’s Jekyll at Universal) are trying to make the film work as an indie. Because there is interest from a bevy of young stars (including, ahem, Shia LaBeouf) it might actually happen. Read More »