According to THR, Jimmy Hayward, the director behind the Jim Carrey animated feature Horton Hears a Who!, will helm the DC Comic adaptation, Jonah Hex. As I previously reported, the writers of the Jason Statham vehicle Crank, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor were co-directors of the film, but left over creative differences. Milk co-star Josh Brolin is still attached to play the title role.

The character of Hex, known for having the right side of his face disfigured and wearing a Confederate army uniform, was a rough-and-tumble gunslinger and part-time bounty hunter whose adventures always ended in blood. One incarnation of his comic book series saw the Western genre combined with supernatural elements, and it’s this aspect that was featured in Neveldine and Taylor’s script. The studio will likely keep the script, though it’s expected that Hayward will put his stamp on it.