The Eternal Question: Would a ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Reboot Be Better as a Peckinpah-Style Western?

By  · Published on May 3rd, 2012

I’m pretty that question is from an old Zen Koan or Buddhist saying or something. Of course, it might be from Eastbound and Down. According to The Hollywood Reporter, that show’s creator, Jody Hill, is attached to an untitled Warners action movie that might morph into a reboot of Dukes of Hazzard.

Hill also directed Observe and Report and hails from North Carolina with a special connection to southern filmmaking. Yes, the eternal name of Peckinpah was evoked in the piece, but the underlying truth here is that the studio won’t know whether they’re rebooting The Dukes of Hazzard or not until Hill finishes the script. Let that sink in. There’s a magic, confusing moment right now where Hill is either going to write a movie that will be an original piece of southern action, or Hill will write a movie that will be an original piece of southern action that has a 70s sitcom title slapped on it. This is where we’re at creatively. The fear of anything original is palpable, but at Warners?

Then again, Danny McBride does have a Tom Wopat feel to him.

Related Topics:

Movie stuff at VanityFair, Thrillist, IndieWire, Film School Rejects, and The Broken Projector Podcast@brokenprojector | Writing short stories at Adventitious.