Pixar Animator Jimmy Hayward Helming Jonah Hex?!
by Alex Billington
January 6, 2009
We first reported back in November that Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor had decided to leave the big screen adaptation of DC Comics' Jonah Hex due to "creative differences." Who is their replacement? Would you believe me if I said it was one of the two guys who directed Horton Hears a Who! from this year? Jimmy Hayward, a former Pixar animator and co-director of Blue Sky Studio's Horton Hears a Who!, has been hired by Warner Brothers to direct Jonah Hex. After Neveldine and Taylor dropped out, WB came up with a short list of names, which included Hayward, Andy Fickman and McG.
I'm a bit confused. Does this mean we're going to get a softer version of DC's "rough-and-tumble gunslinger and part-time bounty hunter whose adventures always ended in blood"? Making things even worse is WB's mention of Andy Fickman, who directed Disney's She's the Man, The Game Plan, and Race to Witch Mountain. If this guy was on the short list, it's obvious that they are not going for a dark, R-rated Jonah Hex. Which explains why Neveldine and Taylor left the project - they probably wanted just that. Sadly I'm quickly losing interest in this adaptation. I really hope Jimmy Hayward has some tricks up his sleeve!