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'Eastbound and Down' Creator to Direct Potential 'Dukes of Hazzard' Reboot (Exclusive)

Jody Hill is writing and attached to direct an untitled action project set in the American South for Warner Bros.

Jody Hill

Eastbound and Down co-creator Jody Hill is writing and attached to direct an untitled action project set in the American South for Warner Bros.

Billy Gerber is attached to produce with Hill.

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While the logline is being kept under wraps, the story is set in the 1970s South and involves an outlaw duo. Sources say Hill aims to make a stylish action movie in the mold of Sam Peckinpah, the director who made the seminal action movies Wild Bunch and The Getaway.

Sources say the project could become a reboot of The Dukes of Hazzard, originally a 1979-85 CBS series that starred Tom Wopat and John Schneider as adventure-loving cousins in Georgia who drove a Dodge Charger nicknamed the General Lee. A decision won't be made about whether to call the film a Hazzard reboot until Hill is finished writing, but the involvement of Gerber, who produced the studio’s 2005 big-screen version that starred Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville, would make the process easier.

Hill wrote and directed Observe and Report, Warners' 2009 black comedy that starred Seth Rogen as a mall cop. He created Eastbound and Down, which just wrapped its third season on HBO, with Danny McBride and Ben Best. He co-wrote every episode and directed much of the show.

Hill is repped by CAA and Bloom Hergott.

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