EXCLUSIVE: Josh Brolin Talks HEX and Hayward

     January 8, 2009

Written by Cal Kemp

Josh Brolin was at the (appropriately named) W Hotel in Westwood this morning to talk about the launch of the “FIND your Voice Film Competition”, a contest that offers the chance for indie filmmakers to have the support and financial backing of Netflix and Film Independent (aka FIND). Nicole has a great write-up of the official rules right here.

I was able to catch up with Josh immediately afterwards and ask the question that has been on everyone’s mind. Why director Jimmy Hayward for “Jonah Hex” and does this mean that we’ll see a more family-friendly version of DC’s western antihero:

“I can’t even answer that. I just think that Jimmy is truly brilliant. I was going to talk about that earlier. He got an e-mail to me somehow, someway. He wasn’t somebody we were even beginning to look at and I read the e-mail and was completely blown away by it. I had to meet the guy. I ended up meeting the guy and I think he’s so far beyond most of us in his expertise and his filmic abilities. It was one of those things where I brought him to the studio and I said, ‘I think this is the guy. I don’t know why.’ But I think he’s a brilliant, brilliant filmmaker. I can’t wait to see what he does. So I don’t know how to answer your question, but I can’t wait to see what he does.”

So while the rating issue is still a bit up-in-the-air, this is pretty cool confirmation that Brolin is not only wholly supportive of Hawyard; he’s virtually responsible. What’s more, it sounds like, as to be expected, Hayward will reexamine the existing screenplay and what’s in store may be very, very different from the draft that’s currently on the table.

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