July 24, 2009

Jonah Hex: A Zombie Movie?

The San-Diego Comic-Con is currently in full swing, and one of the comics-based movies getting attention is the upcoming JONAH HEX, starring Josh Brolin and directed by Jimmy Hayward. In the DC Comics that bear his name, Jonah Hex is a Western antihero whose face is scarred and disfigured on the right side.

While a brand new poster for the film adaptation was revealed at SDCC, it seems that the movie's synopsis is still up for debate as some
would have us believe it may contain voodoo and zombies. In March, Variety reported that Jonah Hex would see Brolin in the title role tracking down Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich), who plans to use voodoo to free the Confederate South with an army of the undead.

However, Jimmy Palmiotti, a comic book writer for Jonah Hex, denied the whole voodoo / zombie angle, stating:

What isn’t true and will probably make the fans of the character lose their lunch is the “voodoo practitioner raising an army of the undead” part. Not true on any level, so stop worrying. Really… you can all relax now.

AGAIN… there is no voodoo dude raising the dead to liberate the South kind of silliness going on at all in this film. I really wanted to clear this up because I spent the last few days at MegaCon being asked a million questions about the Hex movie and throwing this out in my column is a lot easier than losing my voice.
Now, I'm not a Jonah Hex fan, so I can't tell when something is "wrong" for the character, but I can't be the only one who thinks zombies would be awesome in this movie.

Anyways, I've yet to read an official synopsis for the film, but the previous one about voodoo and zombies is still floating around the internet. We'll have to wait and see what's in store for us with this DC comics adaptation.