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Ford Becomes Earp in Black Hats

Harrison Ford as Wyatt Earp versus Al Capone?

By Jarrod Sarafin     July 25, 2011
Source: Heat Vision


COWBOYS & ALIENS
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Harrison Ford set to play Wyatt Earp facing off against...Al Capone? Now there's something you don't hear about everyday. With Ford already set to become a gunslinger facing off against aliens in this weekend's Cowboys & Aliens, Heat Vision reports the actor will also play a well known gunman from our history though it won't be staged in the wild west. Instead, it will be an adaptation of Max Allan Collins' book Black Hats, which will see Earp in his waning days against mobsters of the '20s. Screenwriter Kurt Johnstad (300, upcoming sequel 300: The Battle of Artemisia) is fleshing out the story while Thunder Road's Basil Iwanyk and Jason Netter of Kickstart Productions are producing.

Plot Concept: The Prohibition era has just begun, the Wild West a fading memory, and Wyatt Earp is making ends meet as a detective in Los Angeles. To help the late Doc Holliday's son, Wyatt goes east, where his onetime deputy, Bat Masterson, is New York's top sportswriter. Wyatt and Masterson face a showdown with a new breed of badmen—mobsters led by Brooklyn's brutal young Al Capone, in a takeover of young Holliday's hot new speakeasy. As the '20s (and machine guns) roar, the lawless lawmen enter a glittering world of showgirls and cafe society, of gangsters and gamblers, where their legends may even end as Scarface Al's begins.



 

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RedHood2010 7/25/2011 3:44:11 AM

Well, sounds cool, but we know how this going to end right?  Are we going to watch to see Earp eat it?

Walker 7/25/2011 4:38:11 AM

 @RedHood2010

Considering that Earp died in bed in 1929 (of possibly prostate cancer), that would be a fairly radical ending.

Wiseguy 7/25/2011 6:56:49 AM

OK they're going the fiction route here as is much of Earp's legacy. But I must admit that this sounds intriguing to me, I like the mixture here with the gangsters and all. I'll probably check this out.

Anyway no need to retell Earp's Tombstone story that was done masterfully in TOMBSTONE with a great cast all around

MrGarabaldi 7/25/2011 8:12:23 AM

Well, it says Brooklyns young Al Capone, so maybe Wayatt Erpp hand him his ass and he retreats to Chicago to become the boss we know.

trollman 7/25/2011 8:24:06 AM

this sounds lame to me

SarcasticCaveman 7/25/2011 8:40:01 AM

 Agreed, trollman...then again, fictional worked for years on Deadwood.  I'm personally not into it though.

InnerSanctum 7/25/2011 11:07:28 AM

 Um, I'd have to say this almost ranks up there with Abe Lincoln Vampire Killer for me as silly sounding movies.  But, who knows...maybe they'll prove me wrong.  Ford must have got the cowboy bug.  Or, he just likes to wear hats. 

BTW, a sequel to 300?  WTH?  

krathwardroid 7/25/2011 11:10:18 AM

This is called gonzo history, or, more specifically, secret history. It's a device fiction writers use that doesn't actually interfere with the history we know; no major events are changed. It only describes what could have been going on behind the scenes. Check out Tim Powers' novel On Stranger Tides for an excellent example. This idea can work for a film and Max Allan Collins is a damn good writer (Road to Perdition). I'll have to see this.

krathwardroid 7/25/2011 11:12:53 AM

InnerSanctum: I suppose they plan on adapting Xerxes into a film, but the 300 Spartans won't be involved. At least not directly. 

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 7/25/2011 11:43:18 AM

It's actually a prequel to 300 about the rise of Xerxes.

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