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The Wettest County picks up a new picture and a title change

Mar. 26, 2012by:

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John Hillcoat is a definite two for two in my book with his one-two punch of THE PROPOSITION and THE ROAD. Which means I've been eagerly awaiting his next project, the bootlegging period-piece based on the book THE WETTEST COUNTY IN THE WORLD. Though the film once bore the same title as the book, it was then shortened to THE WETTEST COUNTY and has now been shortened further by being changed to LAWLESS.

Yes, you read that correctly - LAWLESS is the same title that one of the two upcoming films from Terrence Malick is using (the other being KNIGHT OF CUPS).  Or is it? According to an exclusive recently revealed by producer Lucy Fisher to Entertainment Weekly, "we'd always wanted the title Lawless, but it was always unavailable to us.  [But then] Terry very graciously gave us the go-ahead to use it, because, he said, he’s a fan of John's. He gets a special thank you in the movie.”

As for the picture: while we had an unofficial look at LAWLESS just the other day, today's still brings Tom Hardy into the equation and gives a better look at the great detail work that Hillcoat's production team has done.

Lawless pic 1

LAWLESS makes its way to theatres on August 31st, complimentary moonshine not included.

Extra Tidbit: Nick Cave has been confirmed to score LAWLESS. Hell yes. The only thing better would be if Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross collaborated with him. I don't know if that would even work, but I'd gladly listen anyway.

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1:23PM on 03/26/2012
The Wettest Country in the World was a unique and memorable title. Lawless sounds like a direct to video Steven Seagal title. What a huge step down.
The Wettest Country in the World was a unique and memorable title. Lawless sounds like a direct to video Steven Seagal title. What a huge step down.
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12:38PM on 03/26/2012
Excited for the movie, but Wettest County was a better title.
Excited for the movie, but Wettest County was a better title.
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1:58PM on 03/26/2012

Lawless is a crap title...

But the movie is sure to impress. The script was great, the director is awesome and Nick Cave (who wrote the script / is awesome)doing the score is icing on the cake. Looking forward to this big time.
But the movie is sure to impress. The script was great, the director is awesome and Nick Cave (who wrote the script / is awesome)doing the score is icing on the cake. Looking forward to this big time.
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1:11PM on 03/26/2012

FUCK YOU!

seriously? That's a shit title... One of my most anticipated movies of the year but man that title sucks, The Wettest Country was awesome. Now it sounds lame and cheap... whatever, Movie > Title
seriously? That's a shit title... One of my most anticipated movies of the year but man that title sucks, The Wettest Country was awesome. Now it sounds lame and cheap... whatever, Movie > Title
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1:27PM on 03/26/2012
Damn... I really liked the title The Wettest Country In the World... it had poetry in it's name.

Lawless? sooo generic, 'Is that the new Mark Wallberg cop on a mission actioner?'

Doesn't make me want to see it any less
Hillcoat is 2/2 for me as well
Damn... I really liked the title The Wettest Country In the World... it had poetry in it's name.

Lawless? sooo generic, 'Is that the new Mark Wallberg cop on a mission actioner?'

Doesn't make me want to see it any less
Hillcoat is 2/2 for me as well
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3:28PM on 03/26/2012
Considering everyone seems to think the name of the movie was "Wettest CountRy" in the world and not "Wettest County" (which it's actually named), I'd say it's probably a good idea they changed it.
Considering everyone seems to think the name of the movie was "Wettest CountRy" in the world and not "Wettest County" (which it's actually named), I'd say it's probably a good idea they changed it.
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4:36PM on 03/26/2012
You beat me to the punch on that one.
You beat me to the punch on that one.
1:51PM on 03/26/2012
I wish the title would have stayed The Wettest Country in the World, but its not that big of a deal. I think this could be great. Tom Hardy is great and honestly besides Transformers I don't think Shia is really that bad.
I wish the title would have stayed The Wettest Country in the World, but its not that big of a deal. I think this could be great. Tom Hardy is great and honestly besides Transformers I don't think Shia is really that bad.
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1:40AM on 03/27/2012
I don't care what it's called. This is going to be great.
I don't care what it's called. This is going to be great.
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12:27PM on 03/26/2012
Despite being leery of anything with Shia in it, I'm stoked for this project. The rest of the cast is great, and the director is also good. Got to read the book now.

Also, classy move by Mr. Malick. *Tips hat*
Despite being leery of anything with Shia in it, I'm stoked for this project. The rest of the cast is great, and the director is also good. Got to read the book now.

Also, classy move by Mr. Malick. *Tips hat*
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2:09AM on 03/27/2012

TASTELESS

First they change the epic sounding COOGAN'S TRADE to some piece of shit, and now this. I think people are just purposefully fucking with us at this point. Can't a fanboy get a break up in this piece?
First they change the epic sounding COOGAN'S TRADE to some piece of shit, and now this. I think people are just purposefully fucking with us at this point. Can't a fanboy get a break up in this piece?
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12:49PM on 03/26/2012
I hope most of the people who see this will be able to undestand Hardy when he talks.

Movie looks and sounds great.
I hope most of the people who see this will be able to undestand Hardy when he talks.

Movie looks and sounds great.
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1:12PM on 03/26/2012
lol.

surprised you haven't got a billion thumbs down from Batman/Nolan fanboys though... have fanboys really learnt how to take a joke??
lol.

surprised you haven't got a billion thumbs down from Batman/Nolan fanboys though... have fanboys really learnt how to take a joke??
5:18PM on 03/26/2012
I know right?
I know right?
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