‘Eastbound & Down’ Creator Remaking ‘Dukes of Hazzard’?

Jody HillThe Dukes of Hazzard is one of those things that, while popular in its time, exists today primarily in the form of parody. The 1980s series is a staple among comedic references in movies and on contemporary TV, with focus primarily on the General Lee. Even if you’ve never seen an episode of the show, you probably know the name of its central automobile, and the sound of its horn. But The Dukes of Hazzard is clearly a special thing to some people — special enough to warrant a big screen adaptation, and, more impressively, special enough to warrant a big screen adaptation reboot.

Jody Hill, creator of Eastbound and Down and writer/director of Observe and Report, is currently working on a Deep South action film which, as THR reports, might manifest as a Dukes of Hazzard movie. Whereas Jay Chandrasekhar’s 2004 flick took the form of a wacky, sex-and-booze comedy, Hill’s script is, as it stands, more along the lines of a 1960s stylized action Western. Definitely an interesting choice for the Duke family.

Aside from the general mood of Chandrasekhar’s film, there are plenty of other aspects of it that Hill might be wise to avoid. In the film, the Dukes carry (and use, to excess) firearms, whereas on the original sitcom, the characters armed up with bow-and-arrows. The latter is definitively more interesting, and more sympathetic. Plus, there’s the whole Katniss connotation now, so that’s a win. Furthermore, the film’s scene wherein Willie Nelson and Johnny Knoxville throw homemade explosives (flaming bottles of moonshine) onto a public rode to make a clean getaway from the cops should also not be replicated.

But even with a sharper script, more faithful elements, or an intriguing new stylistic twist, is another Dukes of Hazzard movie something anyone really longs to see?


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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.