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Josh Brolin To Play DC Comics' JONAH HEX??

I am – Hercules!!
DC Comics' Harvey Dent-ish Old West bounty hunter Jonah Hex may be played by aging Goonie Josh Brolin in a big-screen adaptation written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor ("Crank"). A veteran of the Confederate army, the surly, whiskey-swilling Hex made his funnybook debut in a 1972 issue of All-Star Western. He lost a good hunk of his face to a hot Apache tomahawk. Find all of Variety’s story on the matter here.

Hey folks, Harry here - Just wanted to comment on this story. A year ago, right when Josh Brolin was about to come out in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, there was a rumor that he was about to star in the feature film version of DALLAS. The trades picked this up - and it was everywhere. However, when I talked to Brolin it was something he was considering and thinking about, but had pretty much decided not to do it. Instead, he did W for Oliver Stone. Brolin may very well end up being JONAH HEX for the directing/writing team behind CRANK, but he has been known to dodge out of "rumored" projects before. Before banking on this, I'd wait for Brolin's folks to confirm, which they haven't... yet. That said, I hope Brolin takes this on. And I hope the filmmakers reach out to Rick Baker's team to mess up his face brilliantly. I hope the script is a lot better than the pedigree of CRANK would suggest. That was a fun film, but tonally - JONAH HEX is completely different. And I hope there's alot more thought and care to this script. JONAH HEX is a great character and deserves the very best. Josh is a step in that direction if the material is up to par for his taste.

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  • Oct. 10, 2008, 12:02 a.m. CST

    first

    by MSA13

    first

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Sweet.

    by Clumzor

    Sure hope they get the weird west aspect of it right. Still have a bad taste in my mouth from Wild Wild West.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Does Hercules get paid?

    by HandsThe Hands of Fate

    If so, it's obviously not by the word. Jesus, my RSS feed is more interesting and gives me the same information.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Awesome.

    by MaxTheSilent

    Those guys are certifiably insane, and the perfect peeps to put JONAH HEX on-screen. That is, if I can't get my Carpenter/Russell JONAH HEX.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Woah

    by Aeghast

    You got these news only 24 hours later ; ) haha just kidding

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    OMFG!

    by YouAreAllMyBastardChildren

    OMFG! MY HEART, LUNGS, BRAIN AND PENIS ALL JUST EXPLODED! OOOOHHHHHHHHOOOOHHHHHHH!

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Thomas Jane

    by PrincessLeias_Poohole

    Is going to be pissed, if true

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST

    never heard of this character

    by mygirleatsbannanas

    but it sound pretty cool from the limited information provided. People who post first for first sake.....do you get a prize, or are you just wankers ?

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 1:03 a.m. CST

    great casting if true, great directors

    by pipergates

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Josh is a terrible choice for Stark

    by kungfuhustler84

    he's too gruff, and too much of the everyman.<p>Sounds like a pretty good idea fot Hex though.<p>You could always get the guy wo remade 310 to Yuma to do it. He probably doesn't want to do something else in the same genre, and I know it's a bit of an obvious choice, but I'm pretty sure it would be good.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST

    typos galore

    by kungfuhustler84

    at least I didn't say Josh Brolin would make a better Tony Stark than Robert Downey Jr.<p>Yeah right, and Joe Pesci would be a a great Wolverine...

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 3 a.m. CST

    3;10 to Yuma was Great!

    by redfist

    Now go forth and make PREACHER

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 3:56 a.m. CST

    "directing/writing team behind CRANK"

    by Green Arrow

    ...and that's where they lost me.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Nobody wants to see this, absolutely nobody.

    by JethroBodine

    None. Give us the movies we want. Where's Wonder Woman? Where's Captain America? Where's the good stuff? If you want another Howard the Duck then go ahead and make this. Just don't be suprised when it's parked in the back of the discount rack at Wal-Mart right along side Catwoman, Elektra, The Phantom, The Shadow, Dick Tracy, Ghost Rider, and the Swamp Thing.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 4:34 a.m. CST

    M-O-O-N. That spells "Jonah Hex"

    by Tom Cullen

    Jimmy Palmiotti, one of the scribes on the current Jonah Hex series, which just so happens to be one of the best books on the racks that almost nobody reads, told me personally a few months ago that he had read the Hex script and that it was superb, stayed very true to the character, and should make fans very happy. Of course as I said, this was a few months ago, so I don't know if the script has been "improved" since then, but given how good Palmiotta and Gray's Jonah Hex has been, I'm willing to take on faith that Palmiotti knows what he was talking about.<p>As for Brolin, I guess he could pull it off, but can't say he'd be anywhere near my first choice, he just doesn't seem gruff and onery enough. Still, they've been trying to get a Hex movie made on and off since the 70's (the original plan was Eastwood, who in the late 70's would have been perfect), so I won't be holding my breath until this actually starts shooting.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 4:40 a.m. CST

    I just bought the complete run of JONAH HEX on ebay...

    by Cisco Dyke

    For $3 including shipping and handling.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Seriously though...

    by Cisco Dyke

    I don't think they could even market this as a comic adaptation. How about Sam Jackson as 8-ball? They could definately get him.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Wil Smith as Jonah Hex!

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    I think I'd rather see him as Doc Frankenstein

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Jonah Hex Mythos

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    Jonah Hex was an idealistic young man who was to be the first recipient of the Super Face Serum.<p> The process was interupted by rangers and Jonah's face suffered a massive blowout.<p> Now Jonah rides the range ridding the range of rangers.<p> penis

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 6 a.m. CST

    I love the character of Jonah Hex.

    by rbatty024

    And the recent comic book is superb. It's about time studios started looking beyond superheroes for their comic book inspirations. If they don't diversify soon people are going to stop being interested in comic book movies. I just hope they bring the appropriate level of grit and dust to this film.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST

    As a kid....

    by Cagliostro

    Whenever I'd find or be given a box of worthless old comics it would always be filled with shit like Jonah Hex. I'm about as excited over this news as I used to be over those shitty old rags. I'm also not hipster enough to pretend otherwise. Next please!

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 6:42 a.m. CST

    hmm. this might work.

    by palewook

    after seeing him in grindhouse and no country, he could pull off hex.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    redfist, I love Bale and Crowe, but 3:10

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    was a snoozefest. As far as Brolin playing Hex, he can't. As I mentioned in the Green Lantern thread he MUST play Hal Jordan. Think about it, not too old, not too young, he'll attract the Goonies geeks, and the girls who want to ogle him.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST

    I like Brolin and I like Hex, but....

    by R L S

    ...meh.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Depends on how vain Brolin is...

    by Kid Z

    ...if it's Stallone-I'm-not-hardly-gonna-wear-this-Judge Dredd-helmet vain expect a li'l ole slight scar. 'Course Brolin let himself be transformed into the (as Chris Rock calls him) "worst President of anything, EVER" so I'm guessing not much vanity there and we'll get a really F'd up lookin' Hex.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Go on then..

    by Wired Earp

    Make the fuckin thing already. I wanna see it and I wanna see Brolin do it. Hex is so goddam badass this cant go wrong. Not with Brolin anyway

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST

    absolutely nobody knows what anyone wants to see

    by quantize

    fucking retarded bullshit, half the great movies would never have been made with that dipshit thinking. you have NO idea what kind of fucking movie they might make.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Brolin was awesome in No Country For Old Men

    by amano

    ...but what was up with his death scene? That was a rip off. I could see him as Hex.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST

    I'll watch anything with Brolin in it.

    by Knuckleduster

    But those Crank guys... Are they really the only directors the studio could find for this?

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Cool Casting, But the CRANK Guys?

    by cowboyone

    I dunno. There were some fun parts of CRANK but ... Brolin' is on a pretty good vertical career trajectory. Cowboy Twoface? File under "wait and see."

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST

    M-O-O-N. That spells "Variety"

    by Tom Cullen

    Which is apparently reporting now that Brolin is going to be Hex, so that's that I guess. And while he wouldn't be my first choice, I think (and hope) he can do the role justice regardless. He just has to work on nailing the right gruffness, as Hex is all about the attitude. <p>And anyone who thinks Jonah Hex is crap is obviously just another whiny dipship illiterate internet monkey who hasn't actually read what they are oh-so-quick to bitch and complain about. Fact is, Jonah Hex was so popular in the 70's after his into in All-Star Western that he utterly dominated Weird Western Tales as the lead character for 3+ years, before being spun off into his own book which itself lasted for another 8 years straight, before being ended not because the book was unpopular, but because of the changes at DC and in the DCU surrounding the Crisis on Infinite Earths maxiseries (which Hex played a part in). After the Crisis Jonah Hex returned, catapulted into the future for the well regarded, but admittedly not nearly as well selling, series simply titled Hex, which still manged to last a year and a half or so before Jonah Hex was returned to the past where it seemed the majority of fans preferred him. After that though Michael Fleisher, who had written the majority of Jonah Hex stories for over a decade at this point, moved on, and Hex was pretty much put on the shelf of characters knowbody else seems to know what to do with, only showing up occasionally in DC books and miniseries here or there over the years. In the early 90's Joe Lansdale resurrected Jonah Hex over at Vertigo for three seperate miniseries, and while they sold well, after Lansdale's interest waned and he too moved on, Hex was once again retired from regular publication. That is until Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray resurrected the character a few years back in an all new, and top quality, ongoing series, which is now starting on it's fourth year of continuous monthly publication. So the character has history, most of it of high quality, and he certainly has more than his share of fans who when there's a quality Hex book being published do their best to keep it that way. More often than not the only reason that Hex goes away is when writers who 'get' Hex move on, and DC themselves don't know who to replace them with or what to do with the character. <p>Besides, to most "regular" people Jonah Hex the movie will just be a new western first and foremost, so just as long as it's good, and well promoted, it's got as good a chance as any of getting a decent audience, and then hopefully building from there. We'll see I guess. Personally I'm looking forward to it, and I'd love to see other classic DC western characters like Bat Lash, El Diablo, Scalphunter and so on woven into the fabric of Hex's filmic universe, either here or in any sequels, should they happen. A guy can dream anyway...

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Sweet Jeebus

    by toxicbuddha

    Please let this happen. Instead of DC wasting time ruining a Green Lantern movie...

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    A younger Lance Hendriksen

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    would have been great as Jonah. Thank Crom they didn't take the bait with that pic of Thomas "I'm a devoted comic book fan therefor I think that I should have been cast as a comic book hero" Jane. The guy's acting is pedestrian at best. And yes, I've seen his performance in The Mist. Brolin is definitely a better choice.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 9:33 a.m. CST

    and for the doofus that said that nobody wants

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    to see this. Nobody old timers (like me) who read Tomb of Dracula ever heard of Blade and look at how successful they were. There will always be an audience for a western even a weird one.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Aren't the Crank dudes...

    by Kid Z

    ...making Crank 2: Crankier (or watever)? Just when will this Jonah Hex thing get made, anyway?

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Would rather see a RIP HUNTER, TIME MASTER movie

    by SpyGuy

    What was the last really good mainstream time-travel movie? BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE?

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    I'm sure the Crank guys can do it. Jonah Hex isn't Shakespeare.

    by Orbots Commander

    I'll always give a writer team the benefit of the doubt. The movie may turn out to be crap, but creative people can always stretch and do good work. Oh, and Dark Horizons is reporting that WB is after Ryan Gosling to play Hal Jordan/GL.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Does Jonah hate dogs?

    by ericthebeef

    How many hounds will Brolin smoke in this one?

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST

    thats pretty sweet

    by brandon11

    josh brolin is a badass

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST

    "Crank" is my second most hated film ever.

    by cinemixtape.com

    Right behind Bad Boys II. So, I don't see this as boding well for Hex. Although, Brolin is a badass.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Bucciarelli

    by Vern

    Have you seen STANDER? If you don't think Thomas Jane is good in that one then your standards might be too high. He's great in it and it's a real good and unique movie about bank robbery and apartheid. I'm not saying he should play this character whatever it is but I think you're unfairly dismissing his acting.<p> As for the Crank guys, I assume they have common sense and would not make a western in the unwatchably hyperactive moron style of CRANK. On the other hand I watched a little bit of them on "The Movieblog Podcast." Not like I expect the movieblog dude to get a good interview out of anybody, but they just sit around smiling smugly and making lame gay jokes. I think Crank might be the highest level of intelligence we'll ever see out of these frat boys.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Cagliostro

    by JethroBodine

    You took the words right out of my mouth.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Vern

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    Saw it. Not impressed. Don't try to second guess my standards because you don't know anything about me.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Vern

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    Sorry to be so strident. I'm getting very tired of hearing Thomas Jane or Bruce Cambell's name being brought up for EVERY geekcentrique role. Christ, if this was the 50's most of you would be demanding second-raters like Hugh Marlowe or Kenneth Tobey for the same types of parts.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    prove me wrong brian & mark

    by mcdowell_32000

    a hex movie needs to be (& could be in the right hands) more like palerider or the proposition than the a.d.d. fueled chop shop that will surely be delivered. whatever happened to the talk of a tv mini-series?

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 4 p.m. CST

    Sounds pretty perfect...

    by two fathoms deep

    I never really heard of Jonah Hex, but I did see that picture Thomas Jane was sending out. It looked really good, but seeing the cover of that comic on this post, I think Josh Brolin would be awesome in this role. He's been doing some really great stuff lately.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    denis leary for hex!

    by cekma

    Badass

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Dick Tracy was the shit!

    by follyway

    The post was way up in the talkback, but I am so sick of people shitting on Dick Tracy. I just dont get it. Sure the Madonna lovefest is a bit much but who gives a shit. The art direction on that movie blows me away every time I see it. you know guys are blowing there loads over 300, Sin City etc. ,"Because they look like comics come to life." They arent terrible movies, but Warren Beatty brought a comic strip to life damn near 20 yrs ago without computers. It didnt shy away from what it was. There was no sense of irony or detachment. He wasnt ashamed of what he was making. He didnt try to make it "cool" or "realistic". He was true to matierial in a way few films are. Especially back then. I would think the fucking fanboys would hold it up as an example of what to strive toward. I know I do. And so concludes my off topic rant. Thank you for your time, and in conclusion . . . Dick Tracy was the shit!

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Wasn't Jonah Hex in a Batman TAS Episode?

    by sewiz

    I swear they did this episode where, someone (I can't remember) was telling this story about Jonah Hex, and they did this whole episode with scenes of Jonah peppered in. It climaxed with a battle on a zepplin type thing. Am I rembering that right? Or am I crazy. That is the only exposure I have had to the character (if it even was Jonah Hex) and its enough to make me pumped for a movie adaptation.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Yup.

    by sewiz

    Just wiki'd it. That episode was bad ass! A movie adaptation could be awesome...too bad those Crank guys are doing it, though. Did I read that right? Did Harry call Crank a "film"? Not the terminology I would use.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST

    I just hope it's not supernatural Jonah Hex

    by Charlie Murphy

    and just regular ol' bounty hunter Hex.

  • ssssnnnnnoooooozzzeeee! YEA! another comic book movie......sheesh....

  • Oct. 11, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Sorry, Charlie

    by sewiz

    According to the fountain of all knowledge (Wikipedia), this will be based on the Zombies, and Demons, and VooDoo, oh my! Jonah Hex.

  • Oct. 11, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Josh Brolin will not win the Oscar for "W"...

    by Leafar the Lost

    ...as Best Actor, because Heath Ledger will win it for playing the Joker. There is no way in Hell that he will not win. I think there is a rule in Hollywood that if you do a great job in a movie, and you die, then the Oscar is automatically yours. Do I think he would do well as Jonah Hex. No, I don't think so. I wish he would have been cast as the Lone Ranger. I HATE Clooney. Ever since he phoned in his performance of Batman in the horrible "Batman & Robin", I have prayed ever night for his career to end. He should be doing dinner theatre in Orlando, and even that would be too good for him. Brolin is a good a good actor. He is not a great actor like Depp and Downey, but he is good enough. He just needs to stop drinking and smacking around his "wife" Diane Lane.

  • Oct. 11, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST

    "Brolin is a good a good actor."

    by Leafar the Lost

    Yes, I see the mistake. No one is forcing you to read this...

  • Oct. 11, 2008, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Not all comic book movies have to be supernatural

    by Bat185

    I'm all for a Jonah Hex movie, but I don't think they should do the zombie storyline right away. The first movie, or two, should introduce us to Jonah and other villians that he faced in his first run. One of my favorite comic book based movies is Road To Perdition with Tom Hanks. That movie didn't rely on special effects, monsters, superpowers, etc. The first movie should introduce Quentin and Jeb Turnbull. It should be a period piece set during the Civil War and should do the storyline where Jeb is murdered and Quentin vows vengence on Jonah because he holds Jonah responsible. In the second movie, Quentin can hire El Papagayo to try and take out Jonah. They can bring the zombies in for a third movie.

  • Oct. 11, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST

    I agree that they should hold off on the supernatural stuff.

    by rbatty024

    Of course they could imply that it exists in Jonah Hex's world. I don't mind the supernatural storylines, but I think this movie should try and distinguish itself from other comic book movies.

  • Oct. 11, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Josh Holloway

    by Blood T Cat

    cheaper than Brolin. And he's not all Broliny.

  • Oct. 11, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    I'll be in line for this.

    by nyj_et

    It will be a better performer than "W" and will become Brolin's signature role.

  • Oct. 11, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Lots of sequel potential too

    by nyj_et

    Hex spent some time in the future, too. They even eluded to this in the JLU episode, "Once and Future Thing".

  • Oct. 11, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Leafar

    by Vern

    I think Heath Ledger would be in the supporting actor category. Also if that really is a Hollywood rule they must break it alot because I looked it up and Peter Finch won for NETWORK after he died, but that's it. So Brolin has a good shot, but let's not count out Viggo Mortensen in THE ROAD this year. (just hopin)

  • Oct. 11, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST

    T. Jane was the SHIT in Boogie Nights!!!

    by maxxsterling

  • Oct. 11, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST

    And THE TRIPPER!!!

    by maxxsterling

  • Oct. 11, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    They already made this movie

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    It was called The Outlaw Josey Wales. I'm surprised no one's mentioned that already.

  • Oct. 11, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST

    fuck the confederates, fucking traitors.

    by shogunshin

  • Oct. 12, 2008, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Jonah Hex Movie = Me ignoring it

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Jesus Christ what a waste of time.

  • Oct. 12, 2008, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Read more about reasons the south fought

    by nerosday

    before you lable all of them traitors Shogun

  • Oct. 12, 2008, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Now, how about a live action Enemy Ace,

    by Dingbatty

    and The Haunted Tank?

  • Oct. 12, 2008, 4:14 a.m. CST

    maxxsterling

    by Cisco Dyke

    He doesn't work Sundays.

  • Oct. 12, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    The only think that sucks about Hex is that he fought...

    by rbatty024

    for the South. Although, since he spent lots of his life with Apaches I like to think he's teaming with a bunch of racists to fight racists who are encroaching on Apache lands. I don't think this has any support in the comics, but for me it justifies my love for the character.

  • Oct. 12, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Nor Do I...

    by maxxsterling

  • Oct. 12, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Thunderbolt Ross

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    I like you take the time to make the point that you're not interested at all in this movie. If you're not interested than why read and post here? Is your life that shallow? Do you really need the attention which me like a fool has just given you?

  • Oct. 12, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Will Smith for Jonah Hex

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    why not? his name has been thrown out there for everything else, and like Sam Jackson he doesn't seem to be able to turn down a role / pay cheque