Harrison Ford Will Play an Aging Wyatt Earp in 'Black Hats' Adaptation
More cowboys, but not any aliens, for Harrison Ford coming up. Ford stars in Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens, which hits theaters this weekend, but THR is reporting he's got another cowboy role lined up after. Ford is attached to star as an aging Wyatt Earp in Black Hats, an adaptation of Max Allan Collins' 2007 novel (written as Patrick Culhane) being produced by Thunder Road's Basil Iwanyk & Jason Netter. The project has a screenwriter - Kurt Johnstad (of Zack Snyder's 300, The Last Photograph) - but no director attached yet. It definitely seems like Ford is becoming more of a cowboy himself as he reaches 70 years old.
Black Hats blends "fact with fiction" telling the story involving an older Wyatt Earp, the one who spent his last years as a private detective and movie consultant in Los Angeles. But this story's spin involves Earp learning that his friend and compatriot Doc Holliday had a son, now living in Prohibition-era New York City. While Holliday is long dead, the son has gotten himself in trouble with a rising mobster - Al Capone. So it's basically Al Capone vs Wyatt Earp ("six-shooters versus tommy guns"), with Ford playing Earp. He apparently "sparked" to the idea of "an old gunfighter with his .45 walking the streets of 1920s Big Apple." Sounds awsome, they just need to find a director who can actually bring that idea to life and not screw it up.