You may recall my interview with author Matt Bondurant in July of 2005. Making the rounds in support of his debut novel, The Third Translation, Bondurant discussed wearing colonial garb at Mt. Vernon, the process of getting an agent, and having a novel compared to The Da Vinci Code.
It should also be noted that Bondurant’s short stories are also not-to-be-missed and he’s published pieces in Glimmertrain and other prestigious outlets.
Now, news is surfacing that Bondurant’s forthcoming second novel, The Wettest County in the World, is making it’s way to the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter states that Columbia has picked up the novel with Red Wagon producing. Director John Hillcoat is slated to helm the project.
“The novel, a sweeping, historical crime drama of the American South, 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 country’s moonshine trade,” the Hollywood Reporter states. “The brothers eventually were shot down 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.”
The book is scheduled for publication by Scribner in October.
Check out Bondurant’s website for more information about his work.