Brolin Brought Hayward Onto Hex

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brolin brings in hayward Brolin Brought Hayward Onto HexThere was much confusion (and worry) last week when it was announced that Horton Hears A Who! director Jimmy Hayward was onboard to direct the film adaptation of the comic book Jonah Hex. Many thought that it was a crazy (and poor) choice, but it now appears that the choice was that of the film’s star: Josh Brolin!

Brolin spoke with Collider and he explained how and why the former animator was the right man for the job.

When asked about Hayward’s involvement Brolin said:

“I just think that Jimmy is truly brilliant. I was going to talk about that earlier. He got an e-mail to me somehow, someway. He wasn’t somebody we were even beginning to look at and I read the e-mail and was completely blown away by it. I had to meet the guy. I ended up meeting the guy and I think he’s so far beyond most of us in his expertise and his filmic abilities. It was one of those things where I brought him to the studio and I said, ‘I think this is the guy. I don’t know why.’ But I think he’s a brilliant, brilliant filmmaker. I can’t wait to see what he does. So I don’t know how to answer your question, but I can’t wait to see what he does.”

The film was previously going to be helmed by Crank directors Mark Nevaldine and Brian Taylor, but they left the project due to “creative differences.” It would now appear that either Hayward has an incredible skill at persuasive writing or he has a take on the material that has Brolin’s juices flowing.

So is the movie starting from square one or is Hayward going to use the existing screenplay? Who knows… but I’m guessing that we’re going to be seeing Jonah Hex sooner rather than after – before the heat is off Brolin’s No Country For Old Men and W appearances.

More from Screen Rant on Jonah Hex when we get it.

Source: Collider

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  1. I always thought Jonah Hex was such a cool comic and Brolin does seem to have the acting chops to take on the part.
    This could be a fun movie :)

  2. I trust Brolin’s judgement since he’s been on a roll with picking decent films.
    I’ll just wait and see before giving any negitivity to this project.

  3. I always thought that Michael Biehn would have made an awesome Hex..He just looks perfect for the role although he is probably too old now..

  4. how about a real old hex- make Clint Eastwood do it, – atleast as the guy that tells the flashback story…

    who is with me?

  5. I fail to see how he is on a roll adrian wasn’t his most recent film W ? That was film was so awful.

    I find my self worried about this film Josh seems to be running 50 / 50 sometimes he is good some time well not so good. The director seems like a joke. I thought it was first time I heard.

  6. Hayward as I understand has gained some chops from his time working at Pixar where he helped create their films up to and including Nemo. Now, how much that’s rubbed off on him, we only have Horton to go by, but Brolin as mentioned, seems to be very selective in the roles and films he attaches his name to, and believing in the project, and the director, is a good first step to perfecting the artistic aesthetic of the film.

    Here’s hoping the film lives up to their faith in the material and each other to bring it to life.

    All I know of Hex is what little I saw from the Batman Animated series, and I remember really digging the character from that (from what little the series did with him), so this may be one to keep on my radar.

  7. Also, it would seem to me that the character is ripe for fitting into the new Hollywood dark-superhero-film dynamic in the wake of The Dark Knight. Even if the studios push these films in that direction for superficial reasons (it’s the “hot” direction for superhero films now), it happens to suit the character in this case, which could produce a good film.

  8. W may or may not be a good film, that’s debatable. What’s not debatable is Brolin’s performance in W. He was simply amazing. An actor of his calibur could give some the film more credibility.

    I trust Brolin to make the right choice. But this doesn’t exactly shock me. When it was announced that Hayward would direct, I called it being Brolin’s choice.

    They need to let him do whatever he wants with the film. It’ll be better off for it.

  9. I hope that after doing so many serious dramatic rolls the thing Brolin liked about Haywards ideas was that he wanted to make it a campy comedy.

  10. I have said this in other places. SR will be no different.

    That is:

    I’m glad Nelvedine and Taylor left. Nothing against the duo, but I would like to see Jonah Hex the way I liked the character… without the supernatural junk that re-invented the character which I never warmed up to, and felt the extreme opposite when that version was “accepted” by comics fans. ugh.

  11. @ Jon
    Well said, man.My point exactly.

  12. You seriously want campy ? What is wrong with you?

    I understand that everyone has their own opinion, but I really don’t even see how W being bad is up for debate. It was a shining example of bad film. It was what all films should strive to not be. I also wasn’t at all impressed with Brolin in the film. While he wasn’t completely awful there was nothing great about his performance.

  13. Not everyone thinks as you do Daniel F. If we all did the world might just be a pretty boring place.

    I think if a film is intentionally trying to be campy, if they acknowledge that instead of trying to make the movie something that it is not, a little camp can be a good thing.

    And there is nothing wrong with anybody who says that.