Jody Hill May Be Working on 'The Dukes of Hazzard' Reboot for Warner Bros. Yeeeee-ha?
The Hollywood Reporter revealed last night that Jody Hill is writing a screenplay for Warner Bros. that is set in the 1970s South and is about an outlaw duo. The project is currently untitled, but from the description and who's involved, the trade's sources said the project may end up as a reboot of The Dukes of Hazzard.
Hill is also attached to direct the movie as well, but the decision on whether or not to call this project a Dukes of Hazzard reboot will be made after Hill is done with the screenplay. From a marketing perspective, this is a no-brainer since there's already a fan base due to the TV series and the recent 2005 movie starring Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott.
While the 2005 movie is not a huge money maker for Warner Bros., it did bring in over $111 million at the wordwide box office. Unfortunately, the movie didn't play well overseas, earning only $31 million there. Of course, the quality of the movie had a lot to do with its poor box office performance. It was one of the worst reviewed movies in 2005, with a Tomatometer of 13% at Rotten Tomatoes.
Regardless of how bad the 2005 movie was, a reboot of The Dukes of Hazzard is still a good idea since, if done right, there's franchise potential here. If not, there will be another multi-year wait for Warner Bros. to try again.
Jody Hill is best known as the creator of the HBO series Eastbound and Down.