Jody Hill to Direct a Dukes of Hazzard Reboot… Sort Of

With Eastbound & Down now having officially concluded, a lot of people have been wondering what will be next for series creator Jody Hill. A couple of years back he signed on to direct L.A.P.I., a comedy starring Danny McBride as a hard-boiled detective, and he’s also been producing some stuff through their production company Rough House Pictures, including an HBO series based on the documentary Knuckle. Now this week we have news of another project for Hill, one that, oddly enough, could end up being a reboot of The Dukes of Hazzard. Here’s the thing: he won’t actually know if it’s a Dukes of Hazzard movie until he finishes writing the script. Huh?

According to THR, Warner Brothers has hired Jody Hill to write and potentially direct an action movie set in the American South in the 1970s. The story revolves around an “outlaw duo” and is aiming to be “a stylish action movie in the mold of Sam Peckinpah, the director who made the seminal action movies The Wild Bunch and The Getaway.” The outlaw duo could end up being Bo and Luke Duke, but Warner Brothers have not yet decided if it will be appropriate to slap the Dukes of Hazzard name on it.

It’s worth noting that Billy Gerber, the producer behind the 2005 Dukes of Hazzard film starring Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott, is also overseeing the project. I would guess that Warner Brothers approached Hill with an offer to direct a new Dukes of Hazzard movie, and he then tried to convince them to turn the idea into something original (not unlike Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, for example). The downside of making it a Dukes of Hazzard movie is that I’m guessing it would have to be rated PG-13, but either way, it could be a great fit for Hill’s sensibility. Are you interested in a Sam Peckinpah-inspired action movie from Jody Hill? Will you be more or less enthused if it does end up being a new Dukes of Hazzard flick?

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  • projectgenesis

    As a writer/director I believe Jody Hill has a tremendous upside. His episodes of EB&D often outshined David Gordon Green’s. We’ve seen with 21 Jump Street and Starsky & Hutch that (ironically) a take on an old property can give more creative freedom. I would love to see his down, dirty, button-pushing style take on the Duke boys. If it’s just PG-13 fluff, then no thanks.