'Crank' duo to write, direct comic adaptation

“W.” star Josh Brolin is in talks to star in “Jonah Hex,” Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the DC Comics property.

“Crank” writer-directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor wrote the script and will direct.

On Wednesday, both WB and Brolin’s reps denied that a deal was close, but sources said he’s likely to take the job.

Hex, whose face is partly disfigured, is a gunslinger and bounty hunter. The series was hatched by DC in the early 1970s.

The film is being produced by Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance and Akiva Goldsman’s Weed Road. Lazar’s in production on a “Cats & Dogs” sequel for the studio, and Goldsman, who last produced “Hancock,” is developing several films for WB including a prequel to “I Am Legend” that D.B. Weiss is scripting, with Goldsman producing with James Lassiter.

Brolin follows the Oliver Stone-directed “W.” with “Milk,” the Gus Van Sant-directed drama that casts Brolin as Dan White, the San Francisco pol who gunned down Harvey Milk and George Moscone.

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