§ There’s a new Japanese WATCHMEN trailer. Take that, Fox!
§ Horton helmer hears a Hex! HORTON HEARS A WHO director Jimmy Hayward has been tapped to direct the JONAH HEX movie, which Josh Brolin is set to star in.
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.
HEX comic scribe Jimmy Palmiotti put down his own thoughts on the Newsarama blog:
All day I have gotten e- mails from friends asking about the director and the supernatural elements. Justin and I read the script. I went to Los Angeles and met with one of the producers, a good friend from my “ASH” days, Andy Lazar, and even got to look at some of the art done for the film. First thing, the supernatural elements noted in the screenplay work with the main story wonderfully and they are minor…this is a hardcore action western at its heart, with its main focus on Jonah at all times. We really enjoyed the screenplay and the cool thing is, Andy and the crew are fans of the comic…something that I think is important. Now, as far as Jimmy Hayward as director, well…there were a lot of people wanting this gig and from what I hear they went with talent first…the right guy for the job that gets the character and wants to prove it.
§ We hope you are all sitting down, because there isn’t going to be a Shazam movie. Apparently SPEED RACER is to blame.
§ Seth Rogen will star in a superhero-themed episode of The Simpsons, which he also wrote:
Matt said: “He wrote an episode we’ll be reading soon, where Comic-Book Guy creates a superhero comic which then gets made into a feature film. Homer plays the lead and to slim down, Seth Rogen will play his personal trainer.”