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Wettest Country over

01.04.2010

Buried at the end of John Hillcoat’s production diary featured on Telegraph, the ROAD director gives the sad bit of info that his next project, THE WETTEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD has been shelved. It’s a damn shame considering the project had a script by Nick Cave, and Shia LaBeouf, Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Gosling all lined up to star. What could have been? Here’s the synopsis of the original Matt Bondurant novel:

"In 1928, a pair of thieves accost Bondurant’s real life great-uncle Forrest at his Franklin County, Va., restaurant. They’re after a large cache of bootlegging money and end up cutting Forrest’s throat. The story of his survival and his trek to a hospital 12 miles away has taken on mythical proportions by the time Sherwood Anderson arrives in Franklin County in 1934 to research a magazine piece on the area’s prolific moonshiners. Soon after Anderson’s arrival, two anonymous men appear at the same hospital, one with legs meticulously shattered from ankle to hip, the other one castrated, with the by-products of the deed deposited in a jar of moonshine. The arc of the story lies between the attack on Forrest and that on the two men."

Between Hillcoat, Cave and that cast, it sounds like it could have been pretty great. As he announces the demise of the project, Hillcoat seems understandably sad about the current state of the film industry:

"My own new project – with a much-loved script by Nick Cave and a dream all-star cast – has fallen apart. The finance company that we began The Road with has also fallen apart, having to radically downsize to one remaining staff member. The great divide has begun, with only very low-budget films being made or huge 3-D franchise films – the birth of brand films such as Barbie, Monopoly: The Movie – who knows what’s next, Coca-Cola: The Movie?"

I’d watch you direct Coca-Cola John.

Extra Tidbit: Either LaBeouf or Gosling has to be SUPER pissed they no longer have a potential sex scene with Johansson.
Source: Telegraph

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