Dukes of Hazzard Reboot in the Works?
05.03.12 by Ryan
Look out for them Duke boys; they could be riding into theaters again soon. Or not.
The Dukes of Hazzard TV show enjoyed a successful run on CBS from 1979 to 1985 (with the exception of that Coy and Vance period), ending up on lunch boxes and Matchbox cars. The 2005 big-screen adaptation didn't experience the same success. The movie received mixed reviews, earned an unspectacular $111 million in worldwide box office, and spawned an unfortunate TV movie prequel, The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning, in 2007.
However, Warner Bros. may still be trying to wring something out of the property — and, if rumors turn out to be true, it could mean a movie that wouldn't receive seven Golden Raspberry nominations.
The rumors started when THR reported that Jody Hill (Observe and Report, Eastbound and Down) is attached to write and direct an action movie for the studio that would feature an outlaw duo in the 1970's South. While it's described as a "stylish action movie" to be made in the style of the late director Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch, Getaway), "sources" are still claiming that the project could be molded into a Dukes of Hazzard reboot. Adding fuel to the rumor is the presence of Billy Gerber, who produced the 2005 Dukes of Hazzard movie and is producing the untitled project with Hill.
While pure speculation at this point, a Dukes of Hazzard movie from Hill has promise. The original TV show was based on the 1975 action movie Moonrunners, about two cousins (James Mitchum and Kiel Martin) who help run bootlegged moonshine for their Uncle Jesse (Arthur Hunnicutt). Considering Hill's past work hasn't followed the "family-friendly" line that the the TV show eventually toted, it's possible that Hill could create a wilder version of The Dukes of Hazzard than has been seen before, one that would likely put the Duke Boys into some profanely hilarious situations and stick closer to their moonshine-running pasts.
It's also possible that Hill's project will have only a loose association with The Dukes of Hazzard. Most likely we won't know, and the decision might not even be made, until he's finished the screenplay.