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Jimmy Hayward will direct Warner's live action adaption of JONAH HEX. CRANK's Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor were previously attached to direct, but they ain't there any more. At this time, Josh Brolin is still attached to star.
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. 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. The studio will likely keep the script, though it's expected that Hayward will put his stamp on it.
...says THIS REPORT in Hollywood Reporter. Hayward is best know for co-directing the recent CGI adaptation of HORTON HEARS A WHO!, and apparently beat out McG for this gig (insert snide comment here). Hayward's animation background includes REBOOT and multiple Pixar projects (TOY STORY 1 & 2 and MONSTERS, INC).

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  • Jan. 6, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by ArcadianDS

    this needs to be mocap or animated. No amount of proto jelly could make a proper Hex face.

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST


    by ArcadianDS

    that they want to incorporate that stupid-as-stupid-can-be "HEXX" spin-off where he is transported to the future by a robot woman who realizes that his old west tomfoolerly is exactly what giant motorcycle dominated future-earth needs to save it.<p> If this is where the movie is going, then it is the greatest failed opportunity in the history of film since every single Uwe Boll production.

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    It's like George Miller doing Happy Feet...

    by Archive

    ...only backward? Can that work? Can people get less mellow in their old age? Can this guy tap into his old man rage?

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Nervous About This

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    The guy has some good work in his CV (REBOOT = AWESOME, and of course Pixar is the best company working in Hollywood today) but this is live action... it's a whole new ballgame.

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST

    this guy is the director of Tron 2: (looks right to me)

    by future help

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    I don't think they are referring to the Science Fiction Hex

    by tjrmusic

    The series that was entitled simply "Hex". I think they are referring to the later incarnations of Jonah Hex that was published by DC under the Vertigo label. I think it would be cool to do a trilogy of movies. The original purely Western Jonah Hex, Then the science fiction series Hex that took over immeadiatly after that books cancellation. And then the Vertigo version of Jonah Hex.

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 3:31 p.m. CST


    by slone13

    <p>2 things...</p> <p>1) I think Hex's scarred face will look just fine with some classic old school makeup. No need for mocap of animation.</p> <p>2) I believe the "supernatural" stuff they are talking about has nothing at all to do with the "Hex" series that was set in the future, but instead will be taking some inspiration from the mini-series' that were done by Lansdale/Truman, such as "Two-Gun Mojo" and "Riders of the Worm and Such" which had certain "supernatural" elements to it, like "the undead" for example.

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST

    I believe tjrmusic is correct

    by slone13

    Hadn't seen his post before I wrote mine...

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Crank boys were wrong wrong wrong for it

    by Stormwatcher

    So this maybe is better. Although Geroge Miler would be better.

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    ......."save the earth"?...

    by redhankyspanky

    "that they want to incorporate that stupid-as-stupid-can-be "HEXX" spin-off where he is transported to the future by a robot woman who realizes that his old west tomfoolerly is exactly what giant motorcycle dominated future-earth needs to save it." <p> sounds like you didnt even read it, hoss. Where in that "spin-off" was there anything about "saving the earth"? Hex was just trying to get home the whole time. You mustve been reading somehting else. IF you read it at all.<p> And that "spin-off" was the best incarnation of Jonah Hex ever, nancy boy.

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Really? Horton Hears A Who?

    by kgerm

    Have you even READ Jonah Hex? It's the most violent shit ever. People get scalped! I really don't see this being good.

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Sounds interesting, with the talent involved.

    by JDanielP

    So far, it's a wait and see.

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Hayward was holding back

    by plocock

    Jimmy is a great story-teller and one of the most funny and foul-mouthed guys I know. Jonah Hex is a great first live-action project for him. Keep it old school...

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST


    by Circean6

    they do the Truman/Landsale take on Hex this could be very, very, solid, especially Riders of the Worm & Such...

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Word! REBOOT!!

    by NivekJ

    This project officially has my geek blessing (as if it matters [but I like to think it does {brackets are fun}])!

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 4:57 p.m. CST

    remember those "Rejected" Dr. Suess stories?

    by BadMrWonka

    these are from an e-mail forward that made the rounds a few years funny!<p> 1. The Cat in the Blender <br>2. Herbert the Pervert Likes Sherbet <br>3. Fox in Detox <br>4. Who Shat in the Hat? <br>5. Horton Hires a Ho <br>6. The Flesh-Eating Lorax <br>7. How the Grinch Stole Columbus Day <br>8. Your Colon Can Moo—Can You? <br>9. Zippy the Rabid Gerbil <br>10. One Bitch, Two Bitch, Dead Bitch, Blue Bitch <br>11. Marvin K. Mooney, Get the Fuck Out! <br>12. Are You My Proctologist? <br>13. Yentl the Lentil <br>14. My Pocket Rocket Needs A Socket <br>15. Aunts in My Pants <br>16. Oh, the Places You’ll Scratch and Sniff! <br>17. The Grinch’s Ten Inches

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Brolin should get onboard with Goonies 2,

    by Ronnie__Dobbs

    instead of this crap. BTW where is the I ate chili for lunch guy? I love chili.

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Oh, and this will be super glame

    by Ronnie__Dobbs

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST


    by Droid

    How do you go from CGI Horton to Jonah Hex?<p>"Snide comment" I took a dump today that could've beaten out McG for the gig.

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Hex has been one of my FAV comic characters

    by Mace13

    At least of recent years anyway. So i'm hoping they do the character right in the movie. <br>I'm aware of the comics where he was sent to the future but i've never read them. I don't think I would care to see him in a futuristic setting. <br> But I do love the vertigo mini series and the most recent ongoing series. If you haven't read it yet I would definitely recomend it. <br><br> And just to showboat a little, check out my animation cel of Jonah Hex from Batman the animated series. <br><br>

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST

    They should do a crossover with

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    Howard the Duck

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Reboot was the shit

    by cyrent

    Especially in the later episodes where Enzo goes from bratty kid to hardcore mercenary and Bob is an Internet Guardian.

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 8:02 p.m. CST

    bad choice

    by mojoman69

    Hex needs someone who understands the genre to direct. Raimi comes to mind (Quick and the Dead) I like Brolin as Hex, Although I think Lance Henricksen might be a better choice.

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 9:01 p.m. CST

    very confusing to have ReBoot recalled to me

    by troutpencil

    Something I truly never think about. I did a bit of a reading double take when I called to mind what ReBoot meant to me, and realized that I was thinking about it. Never expect to see that referenced in someone's credentials. Some obscure nerd arcana.

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST


    by toxicbuddha

    Hex was always one of my fave characters and they would have to make an effort to fuck this up. make me wish they could give Uncle Clint a dose of the Infinity Formula and cast him. but you can't have everything and at least they didn't get Colin Farrel.

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 11:07 p.m. CST

    What does "super glame" mean?

    by slone13

    Is that how all the snot nosed punks today refer to stuff they think will be cool?

  • Jan. 6, 2009, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Frank Miller was BORN to direct this!!!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    Well, HE probably thinks so.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 4:31 a.m. CST

    fuck yeah man Reboot

    by The Amazing G

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Slone13- Glame = Gay+Lame

    by Ronnie__Dobbs

    Just like using a term like 'snot nosed punks'. Who are you, my great uncle?

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Is slone13 a reference to the Canadian band,

    by Ronnie__Dobbs

    or Ferris Buller's gf?

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 7:13 a.m. CST

    or some kind of old person marital aid?

    by Ronnie__Dobbs