John Malkovich has joined Josh Brolin in the WB and Legendary Pictures adaptation of DC Comics’ Jonah Hex. Malkovich will protray Turnbull, a wealthy Southern plantaton owner who blames Brolin’s Hex for the death of his son. Thankfully, this film has two great talents in front of the camera, because I’m not sure how right the behind the scenes team is.
Jimmy Hayward is on board to direct the film, his sole directing credit is Horton Hears a Who. Nothing that I’ve seen from Horton screams supernatural western. He just seems like an off choice for the flick. Hex is being written by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the scribes behind Crank. While I enjoyed Crank, it was a pretty horrible film with absolutely no character development. Jonah Hex is a Civil War veteran turned bounty hunter who has layers. It’ll be a real shame if they waste Brolin’s talent with a mindless action film. The icing on the cake is that Akiva “I wrote Batman and Robin” Goldsman is on board to produce the film. Why in the world does any studio let this guy anywhere near a comic book property? Or even films in general? Lets also not forget that he also produced these stinkers: Constantine, Poseidon, and I Am Legend.