Josh Brolin's World Candor Tour '08 stopped by MTV this week, where he announced that the script for his upcoming comic-book adaptation Jonah Hex is "awful." Except he means it in a good way, he insists, and how could he not — especially now that the writer-directors have been left the project citing "creative differences"?Crank fauxteurs Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor were originally slated to direct Hex from their own screenplay next spring. Variety reports today that DC Comics parted ways with them, however, while for his part Brolin was coy about the duo's role in the project. Of course, after an exchange that started with "I love it" before devolving to "It's awful," there was little else left to say:
In the last couple months, I've been going back and forth about it. I went back to my gut: "Is it a sellout? What is it I like about this movie?" 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. 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 [John] 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.Clearly Brolin needs to shake off the power trip and re-read these guys' resumes — nothing qualifies a director for a good time more than working with Corey Haim.
- Neveldine, Taylor leave 'Jonah Hex' [Variety]