‘Jonah Hex’ Gets New Director

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jonah hex image1 Jonah Hex Gets New DirectorIt seemed that the comic book adaptation Jonah Hex was in trouble when Crank director’s Mark Nevaldine and Brian Taylor dropped from directing the project because of “creative differences” (although their script will still be used). However it now seems that the project is back on track as another director has been brought on board – he is Horton Hears a Who! director Jimmy Hayward, making his live-action directorial debut.

I know, I know… what the hell, eh?

For those of you fretting don’t worry – No Country for Old Men star Josh Brolin is still on-board to star, so at least we still have that to cling to. But why did Warner Bros. decide to give the directing gig to the guy who did Horton Hears a Who!?

I can’t comment on the quality of that film, not having seen it, but I can’t see the logic in giving the directing responsibility of this sort of project to someone who’s entire history is in kid-friendly animation (he’s worked as an animator on many Pixar films). I’m just hoping Hayman does a good job and doesn’t mess up what is potentially a really great comic-to-film adaptation.

Just as a reminder about who Jonah Hex is:

The character of Hex, known for having the right side of his face disfigured and wearing a Confederate army uniform, was a rough-and-tumble gunslinger and part-time bounty hunter whose adventures always ended in blood.

No official word has been let out about the exact plot of the film itself, but courtesy of ComingSoon.net we have a hint at the path it’s going to take:

One incarnation of his comic book series saw the Western genre combined with supernatural elements, and it’s this aspect that was featured in Neveldine and Taylor’s script.

Now even in spite of the peculiar and worrying news that WB has given the director’s spot to a guy who’s never had experience with a live-action, non-kid-targeted movie before, I’m still excited as hell for this film. Although I’ve never actually read any of the DC Comics that it’s based on I have been looking up information and images from it and I have to say I’m thoroughly impressed by it.

The character has such potential for a great feature film, perhaps even for a franchise, and since it’s a bit darker than your average comic book adaptation it offers something pretty unique. And Brolin seems perfect for the role both in look and with his charisma; he’s a much sought after actor after his brilliant performance in No Country for Old Men and Jonah Hex will probably produce him his iconic character that will be remembered.

So are you still excited for this flick in spite of the news of this director coming on-board?

Jonah Hex is hoped to start production in March or April this year.

Source: ComingSoon.net

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  1. Cautiously optimitic about this one.

  2. thats Cautiously OPTIMISTIC!
    I hope it works.
    But, I have my doubts.

  3. Sounds like Warner Bros is taking its intelligence and smarts from Fox. Seems like these guys are looking to camp up everything when it comes to comics. I’m sure W.B. was thinking “Let’s bring in the laughs and make it a kids film.” It will be butchered…no question about it.

  4. Also remember actors don’t have the clout that directors do. They take what they can get otherwise they are known as “problematic and difficult to work with”. Reality is this is going to be pure junk. Can you guys say “Batman Forever?”

  5. Getting rid of anyone involved in that awful movie “Crank” can only be a good thing IMO.

  6. Crank was AWESOME!


    To each their own, I guess…

  7. While I enjoyed Crank as a fun romp, the unrated trailer for Crank 2 is heinous – I have NO desire to see it.


  8. Wow, we differ on that one, Vic. Like the first film I think the red band trailer for the sequel looks kick-ass.

  9. @Ross

    Yeah, I saw the trailer and I couldn’t believe it – vilest crap I’ve seen in a LONG time. Seriously.


  10. I’ve known Jimmy for years, and don’t let the kiddie animation fool you. He’s been working his way up to direct a western in the tradition of the 70′s Auteur period for years. Think Sam Peckinpah, Sergio Leone, John Boorman and Toby Hooper. That’s the direction Jimmy will be going. Just keep the producers, test audiences and PG-13 rating out of his way – and he will deliver an amazing, compelling Jonah Hex.

  11. @brightblack

    Thanks for the insight, bud. It’s much appreciated.

    You never know… look at the job Jon Favreau did with Iron Man!