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Jonah Hex: More Western Than Horror?

Ever since we first started covering the live action version of Jonah Hex, it’s been a little unclear as to exactly how many genre elements had been written into the script. But now some clarification has come down courtesy of Jimmy Palmiotti, one of the co-writers of the original DC Comics series on which the film is based.

MTV spoke with Palmiotti following one of the writer/artist’s visits to the set, and he had some reassuring words for fans of the comics:

“Everyone was so nice and up-to-date on the books, so much so that in the film the art director used a lot of our books to set up the scenes,” Palmiotti revealed. “The cover of the comic with Jonah on the cross — the cover by Jordi Bernet — that’s one of the scenes in the movie.”

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Not so heartening for horror fans was this bit: While some early reports pegged [John] Malkovich’s character as a voodoo practitioner, Palmiotti’s comments indicate that the movie isn’t gunning for a supernatural angle. “A lot of press about the movie has been odd — rumors that there were zombies in it and this and that — and none of that is true,” he insisted. “It’s a really straightforward Western with some wild stuff thrown in.”

Oh well … at least we still have Megan Fox as a prostitute to look forward to! Jonah Hex hits theatres on August 10, 2010.

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  • vorodex999

    I’m totally fine with them being more western than supernatural. Although the supernatural angle would have been cool, my fav. issues of Jonah Hex are pure western ones especially with Scalpehunter and so on. Sorry but right after Horror, Westerns are my 2nd fav. genre

  • Chainsaw

    Even without the supernatural elements that a lot of the 90’s series had, ie The Conquorer Worm, I’m still down for this. Jonah Hex is how you do cool-ass western.

    If this were done back in their heyday, I have no doubt either Clint Eastwood or Steve McQueen would be playing Hex.

  • Rottenjesus

    Oh hey, there’s my interest packing its’ bags and going out the door!

    Joe R. Lansdale should’ve written this script along with the CRANK guys and have had them direct it.

    • The Woman In Black

      Well, I’m not giving up completely as I’m a fan of Brolin’s work, and I’m curious about the “wild stuff” that’s being throw into the mix. Hopefully we’ll learn even more between now and next August.

      • Gus Bjork

        Yep, me too. I’ll keep hoping for the best, horror or western or both.