Sony Pictures has pre-emptively picked up the rights to Matt Bondurant’s upcoming book “The Wettest County in the World” reports the trades.
The historical crime drama is based on the author’s grandfather and two grand-uncles – three infamous brothers who made up a fierce criminal gang at the center of the American South’s moonshine trade.
The brothers eventually were shot in December 1930 after they refused to join the illegal cartel set up by the Commonwealth’s attorney Carter Lee, grandnephew of Robert E. Lee. Carter Lee subsequently was tried for conspiracy.
Writer Sherwood Anderson was on the trail of the bootlegging story for both Liberty magazine and researching his own novel “Kit Brandon.” ‘Wettest’ follows not only the brothers but Anderson’s attempts to get inside the Mafia-like violence and double dealing in what turned into the biggest bootlegging conspiracy the country ever saw.
No writer is on board to adapt the project, but John Hillcoat (“The Proposition,” “The Road”) is attached to direct.