Horton Director Signs on for Hex

Jimmy Hayward signs on for Jonah HexNow this is an odd turn of events; THR reported this morning that Horton Hears a Who director Jimmy Hayward has signed on to make his live action debut with the DC Comic adaptation Jonah Hex, which has been stagnant for a bit after the Crank directors departed the project.

The script was also penned by the Crank duo and features the disfigured lawman (still set to be played by Josh Brolin) getting mixed up in some kind of supernatural evil, and it’s likely Hayward will be working from it.

Horton Hears a Who was Hayward’s directorial debut, after working on everything from the Canadian cartoon “ReBoot” to Finding Nemo. Interesting to see him take such a horror-centric project as his first dip into the live action pool; I hope he’s up for the task!

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  • hellbilly_drp

    Hmmm. Josh Brolin? Dunno about that. Reading the comic as a kid I always figured Clint Eastwood was the model for Jonah Hex. I could definitely see Hugh Jackman in that role. Hopefully the makeup looks as good as two face’s did in The Dark Knight.

    • Caterpillar

      Apparently it’s Josh Brolin who’s calling the shots on this movie. At least previous reoprts have indicated that Neveldine/Taylor split because they were no longer in charge. Brolin was. It was probably Brolin who brought in the HORTON dude to direct, too.

  • Caterpillar

    Has it ever been confirmed that this movie will have any horror/supernatural elements to it? I don’t mind the weird choice of director because I’m against pigeonholing people but at the same time I would really, really like to know how he was able to get that gig. Hollywood is pretty pround of its long standing tradition of pigeonholing the shit out of people so why would they give a “toon guy” a live action western movie? Either he has a very good agent, influential friends or he really impressed some suits with his take and ideas.

    • Johnny Butane

      The story in THR does say that the script penned has supernatural elements, like some of the Jonah Hex storylines apparently did back in the day.