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From Comic Book To Film: Josh Brolin is Jonah Hex
By Patrick Oliver
April 15, 2010 - 14:28

Studios: Legendary Pictures, Warner Brothers
Writer(s): John Albano, Tony DeZuniga, Brian Taylor, Mark Neveldine, William Farmer
Starring: Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Michael Fassbender, Michael Shannon
Directed by: Jimmy Hayward
Produced by: Legendary Pictures, DC Entertainment, Mad Chance, Weed Road Pictures
Release Date: June 18, 2010
Distributors: Warner Brothers
Genre: Comic Book Adaptation

Whistlin' Dixie

The U.S army has a big problem and they need somebody to make that problem disappear. They need somebody to get the job done. And Jonah Hex is in the wrong place at the right time.


I been a fan of western movies since I was a child. My uncle used to like them and watch them. He enjoyed them immensely. I think he transmitted his joy to me. Western movies appealed to his sense of honour, manliness and lest you think he took them too seriously; his sense of humour. He had a ready and infectious laugh. And many's the time I'd be chuckling along at a scene that had tickled his funny bone. John Wayne saying 'Hey', and not too delicately placing a two by four piece of wood in a surprised villains face. Or Richard Boone, the most chilling and charming villain you'll ever see in a western, doing something lighthearted that somebody wisely wrote into the screenplay. 


Western movies take many forms: quest (The Searchers), explanatory (Big Country, How the West Was Won), whimsical (The Hallelujah Trail, Support Your Local Gunfighter) and revenge (Unforgiven) and injustice (Silverado) to name but a few. There are also a good few Westerns with supernatural themes (High Plains Drifter, dead Birds). Jonah hex looks to be about to join them.


The film adaptation of the Jonah Hex comic sees Jonah Hex as a man with a price on his head given a choice he can't refuse by the U.S Army: work for them or pay for his crimes. He's a shrewd character, but you don't need to be shrewd to choose living for a few more weeks. Unfortunately for our Jonah, this means tracking down a witch doctor hellbent on unleashing some very unpleasant supernatural forces.

Josh Brolin plays the scarred (anti) hero, and John Malkovitch takes a turn as the voodoo Dr, Turnball, who is looking to raise an unbeatable army.  Megan Fox and Will Arnett add more weight to the cast. In Brolin and Malkovitch we have two actors with great screen presence, it will be very interesting to see them playing off each other.

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