The Collider reports that Jody Hill – the writer/director of The Foot Fist Way, Eastbound & Down and Observe and Report – has been tapped by Warner to remake/reboot a movie version of the classic TV show, The Dukes of Hazzard. The TV show itself was inspired by 1975′s Moonrunners (see trailer), a film about moonshine-running bootleggers who outran federal agents with fast cars.
According to Cinema Blend, Jody Hill’s version of The Dukes of Hazzard, which will take place during the 1970s in the South, will be more like a violent Sam Peckinpah-style shoot ‘em up, a la The Wild Bunch.
In 2005, The Dukes of Hazzard was remade into comedy film by Super Troopers’ Jay Chandrasekhar. It starred Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott and Jessica Simpson. Chandrasekhar’s film was panned by most critics and fans alike. Richard Roeper named it the worst film of 2005.
As a big fan of Jody Hill’s work, I’m sure he can do some justice to the franchise, while putting his own spin to it. I personally don’t care if it’s related to The Dukes of Hazzard or not, but if the title makes it easier to get the picture green-lit, then I’m all for it. Just think: A Sam Peckinpah take on “The Duke Boys” directed by Jody Hill? I’m there.