Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor Leave Jonah Hex Behind!
by Alex Billington
November 20, 2008
Crank duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have decided to drop out as directors of Jonah Hex, the adaptation of the DC comic book series. Josh Brolin, who was first rumored last month, will remain attached to play the lead character. Neveldine and Taylor penned the script but ended up leaving due to "creative differences," which we all know means so much more than will ever be publicly revealed. Warner Brothers is still moving quickly to find a new director and get the project back on track for a spring start next year. While we don't know exactly why they left, this is some very interesting news.
This announcement coincidentally follows some questioning by Brolin at a recent press appearance. He was asking various press off the record what they thought of Neveldine and Taylor. It seems like the producers were the ones who chose Brolin, but didn't like the direction Neveldine and Taylor were taking the project. My speculation is that they wanted it to be darker and much more R-rated (that is what they do), but Warner Brothers wanted something potentially PG-13. I wish I knew more about what happened behind the scenes but I doubt we ever will. Who will they end up getting to replace Neveldine and Taylor?