PLANET GRIFFIN WEEKEND EDITION jumps in with both feet to bring you yet another announcement from the 'Comic' Con frackus:
Bounty hunter... The Scarred 'Demon-of-the-West'... The birth of the new spaghetti western?
Lensing began in April with the $35 million film, directed by 'Horton Hears A Who' director Jimmy Hayward (after Crank helmers Nelvedine & Taylor dropped out for the Gerard Butler 'Game')... The first trailer unveiled at Comic-Con yesterday, featuring Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, and John Malkovich.
The film is being touted as equal parts Spaghetti Western, Epic Actioner, and Zombie-splatterfest. Josh Brolin, who plays the facially disfigured Hex, says "... The studio was a little nervous about it... This wasn't a big paycheck by any means, so the actors that did this did it for the insanity..."
My father was a HUGE Jonah Hex fan when I was a kid; collecting the series since All-Star Western (AKA Weird Western Tales) in 1972, following with the entire 92 issue run of the self titled Jonah Hex. The series never broke any sales records--- not even the Post Crisis HEX, which transported the cowboy, a la' John Carter of Mars, into a Mad Max/Road Warrior styled future... While the series floundered here in the states, the acclaim in Great Britain, Spain, Japan, and Italy was strong. (Of course.) It wasn't until the mid 90's that Joe Lansdale stepped in and re-ignited the old cowboy in the 2 VERTIGO releases, WORMWOOD and my fav, TWO GUN MOJO--- which leads us to now.
Based on the current response from the viewers of the Hall H showing,the film has a production quality that makes it look like a blockbuster budget, and yet maintains a look like the old spaghetti westerns of the 60's and 70's... Time will truly tell here. If Brolin's performance is anywhere near NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, then we'll truly hJave something to talk about. JONAH HEX current release date is JUNE 18, 2010... Hopefully, Palmiotti and Gray will figure out what to do with the sliding sales of this series by the time the film hits theaters, because the Weird West is too juicy a genre to allow it to waste away.
This is the PLANET GRIFFIN WEEKEND EDITION.