A broken Promised Land

john-hillcoatSad news today: The Playlist has learned that director John Hillcoat’s planned follow-up to The Road has “fallen apart.” The Promised Land — a Depression-era crime drama adapted by Nick Cave from The Wettest County in the World —  was to have starred Ryan Gosling and Shia LaBoeuf, and was slated to begin shooting next month. (Apparently the “all sorts of stuff” Hillcoat previously mentioned weren’t cast negotiations, but funding concerns.)

In the director’s own words, from a production diary on The Road for the Telegraph:

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.

With The Social Network (essentially Facebook: The Movie) on the horizon — by David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin, no less — I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Coke movie.…

What’s really disappointing to me is that after two profitable, critically acclaimed films — The Proposition (one of the best film’s of the decade, if you ask me) and The Road (easily one of the best of the year) — a filmmaker like Hillcoat shouldn’t be scrambling to get funding together for low- to medium-budget movies. The four-year wait between these two films was about three years longer than it should have been.

What’s up now for Hillcoat is a big question mark. Playlist notes that the director has an adaptation of Nick Cave’s novel The Death of Bunny Munro in development and a film about legendary NYC cop Joe Petrosino with Benicio Del Toro attached, among other projects.

Related Post: Ryan Gosling, Shia LaBeouf to journey to Wettest County?

Posted on January 4, 2010 at 13:26 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Harold
    on 2010-01-05 at 14:42
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    So this makes him like the Terry Gilliam of the anti-feel good movie?

  2. Written by Fidel A. Jiron Jr.
    on 2010-01-05 at 21:28
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    Coke the Movie….? have you ever read a book by Maxx Barry called Syrup? aside from inventing a soda called Fukk, the main charactyer also oversees the production of a Coca Cola funded sci fi movie, with coke as the weapon that brings down the alien invaders (staring Tom Cruise no less), its a damn fine satirical look at Coke companies, and the advertising that goes into them. It's really hilarious as well.

  3. Written by Fidel A. Jiron Jr.
    on 2010-01-06 at 02:28
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    Coke the Movie….? have you ever read a book by Maxx Barry called Syrup? aside from inventing a soda called Fukk, the main charactyer also oversees the production of a Coca Cola funded sci fi movie, with coke as the weapon that brings down the alien invaders (staring Tom Cruise no less), its a damn fine satirical look at Coke companies, and the advertising that goes into them. It's really hilarious as well.

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