"Horton" helmer has "Hex" next

Tue Jan 6, 2009 2:53am EST

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Horton Hears a Who!" director Jimmy Hayward will make his live-action debut with "Jonah Hex," a western based on the DC Comics character.

Josh Brolin ("Milk") is attached to star in the film, which Warner Bros. hopes to put into production in March or April.

The character of Hex, known for having the right side of his face disfigured and wearing a Confederate army uniform, was a rough-and-tumble gunslinger and part-time bounty hunter whose adventures always ended in blood.

One incarnation of his comic book series saw the western genre combined with supernatural elements, and it's this aspect that was featured in the script by original directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor ("Crank"), who left the project over creative differences in November. The studio will likely keep their script, though it's expected that Hayward will put his stamp on it.

Hayward began his career as an animator on the Canadian TV series "ReBoot" before becoming a member of the Pixar family, where he worked on such films as "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life," "Toy Story 2," "Monsters, Inc." and "Finding Nemo." He made his directorial debut with 2008's "Horton," which grossed $154.5 million at the domestic box office.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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