Columbia Pictures Picks Up Wettest County


Columbia Pictures has preemptively snapped up Matt Bondurant’s upcoming novel “The Wettest County in the World” for Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher to produce through their Red Wagon production company, reports Variety.

John Hillcoat, who’s shooting the big screen adaptation of Cormac McCarthy The Road, is attached to direct.

Based on a true story, “Wettest County in the World” revolves around a moonshine gang operating in the bootlegging capital of America — Franklin County, Va. — during Prohibition.

The novel, to be published by Scribner/Simon & Schuster in October, draws its roots from Bondurant’s grandfather and two granduncles, who made up a fierce criminal gang at the center of the country’s moonshine trade.