The cast of John Hillcoat‘s The Wettest County in the World keeps getting more wonderful. Revived from limbo a few months ago, the film was already set to star Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf as the core members of the bootlegging Bondurant family and Jessica Chastain as a close associate. Jason Clarke signed on not long ago.

Now Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman are on board, and Mia Wasikowska, who has been rumored for a few weeks, is confirmed as well. Read More »

Orlando Bloom continues his return to the screen after being absent for most of the past four years. He shot a role in Paul WS Anderson’s The Three Musketeers and will reprise his career-originating role of Legolas in The Hobbit. But before he gets back into breeches and latex ear appliances he’ll play poet Robert Graves in The Laureate.

The film is written and directed by William Nunez, and follows the life of Robert Graves, his wife Nancy Nicholson (Kerry Condon) and poet Laura Riding (Imogen Poots), specifically with respect to the open love triangle between them as they lived in London and Cairo. [Screen Daily]

After the break, Jonas Åkerlund makes Small Apartments and one more joins John Hillcoat’s The Wettest County in the World. Read More »

I can’t quite express how happy I am that The Wettest County in the World is really moving forward. The film was in development for months last year before seemingly being killed off just as the calendar turned. Now it is happening again, with John Hillcoat (The Road, The Proposition) still directing Shia LaBeouf from a script by Nick Cave. Tom Hardy has also signed on, and now the production has scored one of the rising stars of whom we’ll likely see much in the next few years: Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life). Read More »

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 »

Nick Cave Rewriting ‘The Crow’ Remake


I don’t know if there’s any real way to parse the information that Nick Cave is rewriting the remake of The Crow. Yeah, that Nick Cave: the singer who wrote The Proposition and the famously rejected draft of a sequel to Gladiator. Reaction I had was simply, “what?!” which might be all you can really say. Read More »


OK, I’m stunned. What is there to possibly say about the news that actor Andy Serkis and multi-hyphenate Nick Cave are planning a motion-capture version of The Threepenny Opera? It’s an idea that sounds so mad and so perfect I can’t imagine not rushing out to see it. But mo-cap? Granted, if that’s the technique at hand then Serkis is obviously the go-to performer, but still. Berlin has been a source of crazy stories in the last few days, but this one sounds like it is actually happening. Read More »


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 »


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 »

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Now that The Road is finally about to get a release, director John Hillcoat and screenwriter Joe Penhall are moving on to their next projects. Variety reports that Penhall is potentially writing a remake of the 1973 French heist/romance picture La bonne année, about a thief planning to rob a Cannes jewelers after his release from prison, for star Daniel Craig. We can never have too many heist pictures, even remakes, so I’m all for it. Meanwhile, Hillcoat has a couple of interesting things on the burner, too. Read More »