The Road Director's Next Project Is Dead
Posted 01.04.10 by reelz
Some depressing news regarding the next project from Australian director John Hillcoat, who helmed The Road and The Proposition. Writing in a diary he kept for The Telegraph, Hillcoat confirmed that his next project is now kaput.
The Promised Land was written by Nick Cave, who adapted the screenplay from Matt Bondurant's novel The Wettest County in the World. The story looks at a family of thieves and smugglers in Virginia during the Great Depression and is based in part on the experiences of Bondurant's family.
The project has had Shia LaBeouf, Ryan Gosling, Michael Shannon, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Dano, and Amy Adams all rumored as possible cast members.
The demise of Millenium Films is in large part responsible for The Promised Land's premature ending, and in the diary, Hillcoat expressed deep regret and pessimism, not only for his project, but for the fate of all quality smaller productions.
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 end the year appropriately — gazing into the apocalypse of my own industry.