In what may be the strangest news of the day, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that "Eastbound & Down" creator Jody Hill is working on a project for Warner Bros. that involves the American South. Somehow, the report invokes both Sam Peckinpah and "The Dukes of Hazzard," a fact that only sounds strange until you consider Hill's sparse but wacky resume. Along with HBO comedy "Eastbound and Down," Hill helmed offbeat movie comedies "The Foot Fist Way" and "Observe and Report"; all these properties are bizarre in their own way.
I would not at all be that surprised to see Hill rig up a take on "Dukes" that somehow felt like a cross between "The Wild Bunch" and "Thunder Road." In fact, "Eastbound" already took on a western vibe when Kenny Powers took off to Mexico.
At either rate, this excites me. You might argue that the stench still hasn't left the ill-fated attempt to reboot "Dukes of Hazzard" a few years back, and I can't even claim to be much of a fan anyway. But I am a fan of Hill's work, and the idea that he's cooking up something nice and strange is intriguing.
Hill has a unique voice and brand of humor that almost dares you to laugh at times -- he goes to some dark places and creates characters that are endearing despite themselves. "Eastbound and Down" especially is full of terrible human beings who end up being lovable, and it would be curious to see the filmmaker explore this sort of thing in his native land. That he might funnel it through one of the more recognizable caricatures of the South in the Duke boys could be especially exciting.
There's a good chance that Hill's as-yet untitled (and relatively mysterious) project could end up being none of these thing; it might gestate into a completely original movie centered around a Southern outlaw duo.
If so, I have a feeling it'll at least be worth a watch with Hill at the helm. Plus, you have to think Danny McBride will show up in some capacity; as someone who firmly believes Danny McBride should be in everything, I have no qualms about that.
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