The Dukes of Hazzard: Executives at Warner Brothers are apparently determined to put TV's Stars & Bars emblazoned, Dixie blowing General Lee back on the road. According to the latest issue of People MagazineWalking Tall’s Johnny Knoxville and The Rundown’s Seann William Scott have signed on to portray Luke and Bo Duke in the big-screen adaptation of early 80's television fave The Dukes of Hazzard.
Dukes literally ate the dust of ex-bootlegger cousins Bo and Luke Duke and their, never far from the short-shorts that still bear her name, cousin Daisy, as they careened 'round the redneck Shangri-La know as the back hills of Georgia’s Hazzard County in their bright-orange GTO. (the aforementioned General Lee) The Dukes' Uncle Jesse, formerly Hazzard County’s top moonshine runner,(the opening titles explained each week) had at some point struck a bargain with "federal revenuers” to trade the family "business" in to get his boys outta the clink.
A deal, that for reasons I've never quite understood, prevented the titular "good-old-boys" from legally carrying firearms but not from firing TNT-tipped arrows at just about everything in sight exept Daisy -- usually as the result of their clan, oopps . . . I mean family, basically being perpetually menaced by the county's crooked (and therefore always white-suited) Boss Hogg and his ever cackling lacky Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. I do seem to recall that there was also a conflicted deputy involved but his name alas, completely escapes me, but unless I'm mistaken there was a short-lived spin-off involved.
According to the People report, Warner’s still hasn't settled on a name to fill the role of Daisy Duke, but bubble-gum pop-princess turned reality TV tart Jessica Simpson is jockeying for the opportunity to fill Catherine Bach’s famous mini-shorts. But, Britney Spears, real-life southerner and shorty-shorts devotee, was the reputed frontrunner when news of the propossed feature first surfaced last year. Of course that was one marriage, one annulment, one engagement, two future step-children and one entirely different pre-processed image ago. So?
As for Boss Hogg, the studio is apparently leaning toward the sub-genre’s original leading man Smokey and the Bandit’s Burt Reynolds. Not a bad idea at all, given that Reynolds should probably still be getting royalties from the show's producers; for having borrowed the entirety of the above shtick—from Burt's turns as, "revenuer" freed, crime-fighting, moonshine-running redneck Gator McKlusky in 1973’s cool as all hell White Lightning and its inferior 1976 sequel Gator.
Broken Lizard, the comedy troupe of Club Dread fame, that currently features Erik Stolhanske, Steve Lemme, Chandrasekhar Paul Soter and Kevin Heffernan, have signed on to pen and possibly direct all the pork-rind-fueled mayhem to be.