Jonah Hex was part of the Warner Bros. presentation on Friday at the San Diego Comic-Con and unlike the other major presentations in Hall H, the security for the WB properties was insanely tight. Those of us covering the panels were not allowed to keep our laptops open to take notes of the footage shown (other studios didn’t have a problem with this, as long as we turned the backlight off). Because of this, it was hard to take detailed notes of the footage, so a few of us did a Check out the video blog over at footage-reaction video blog as soon as the panels were over for Jonah Hex, as well as the reboot of A Nightmare On Elm Street.
The Jonah Hex panel included director Jimmy Hayward, along with stars Josh Brolin, Michael Fassbender, and Megan Fox.
The Jonah Hex film, based on DC Comics series of the same name, is a spaghetti western action flick that includes elements of sideshow and absurdity, as well as the supernatural and fantastical. Hayward stressed that although there’s a supernatural element in the film, there’s no voodoo practitioner raising an army of the undead, as has been reported.
Brolin plays the anti-hero title character, with Fox starring as his love interest Lila, a prostitute who Hex has been coming to for years. It’s a twisted love, but he does love her, but must keep her at a distance for her own safety, since everyone he’s close to dies. John Malkovich has the role of the villain with Fassbender as his henchman.
When describing the making of the film, Brolin said it was a “fantasmagory of insanity” and that though the film looks like a $70 million picture, they had less than half that amount to make it, so they did a lot of the effects on a practical level.
When crafting the story for big-screen, Hayward said they drew from a lot of the comics for inspirations, specifically those from creator John Albano, as well as newer stories by Jimmy Palmiotti. He added that they looked at the whole body of Jonah Hex works and pulled elements from a lot of it, including the origin story.
Jonah Hex is scheduled for released on June 18, 2010.