Momentum, Alliance nabs ‘Wettest County’

Brit and Canadian rights also taken for 'Headhunters'

LONDON — Momentum Pictures/Alliance Films has nabbed U.K. and Canadian rights to John Hillcoat’s “The Wettest County in the World,” which is currently lensing in the U.S.

The gangster drama, which will be released in Blighty through Momentum and in Canada through its parent company Alliance Films, toplines Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce.

Story, based on the tome by Matt Bondurant and adapted by Nick Cave, follows brother bootleggers who take the law into their own hands.

Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick produce alongside Michael Benaroya, under his Benaroya Pictures banner, and Megan Ellison.

Glen Basner’s FilmNation Ent. is handling international sales.

Momentum/Alliance has also snapped up Brit and Canadian rights to Scandi thriller “Headhunters,” an adaptation of Norwegian scribe Jo Nesbo’s tome.

Pic is produced by Yellow Bird Films, the shingle behind the “Millennium” trilogy (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and its two sequels), which Momentum and Alliance released in Blighty and Canada respectively.

Pic is also produced by Norwegian shingle Friland while Morten Tyldum directs.

The gritty thriller follows the tale of a charming scoundrel and Norway’s most accomplished headhunter who risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.

Magnolia Pictures snapped up U.S. distribution rights to the pic at the Berlinale in February.

Trust Nordisk is handling international sales.

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