CATEGORIES Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Casting, Warner Brothers, RumorMonger, Celebrities and Controversy, Newsstand, Comic/Superhero/Geek, Western, Movie News, CinematicalPoor Jonah Hex. As William Goss reported earlier, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have left the scarred cowboy behind due to creative differences. But does he still have Josh Brolin to play him, or not?
The truth is, Brolin can't decide if he is. He had a chat with MTV News that didn't decide the question, but did reveal his enthusiasm for the project: "When I first read it I thought, oh my God it's awful! And then I had a moment a week later and I thought why is it awful? Maybe the thing to do is to do the most awful movie I can find ... [I love] the absurdity of it. It almost allows you to create a new genre. I love going back into the spaghetti western idea and completely turning it around."
Will he ever make up his mind? "Soon. In the last couple months I've been going back and forth about it. I went back to my gut. Is it a sell out? What is it I like about this movie? ... It's so tongue in cheek. It's so ridiculous. But once I started putting people in my mind and saying what if I put Malkovich in this role then what does this movie become? Now let's put this producer and director on it and think about how it plays out. Then it becomes fun. Now I love that movie. If you have a great filmmaker come in then suddenly these gags and characters become interesting."
And with that, the reason for Neveldine and Taylor's departure might have become a little clearer. Like Goss, I enjoy their work, and I think their Jonah Hex would have been a lot of subversive fun. Now, if Brolin's involvement gives us something closer to High Plains Drifter rather than Crank in cowboy hats, I'm all for it. But how many of the "gags and characters" will remain without Neveldine and Taylor?