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Harrison Ford Will Play an Aging Wyatt Earp in 'Black Hats' Adaptation

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July 25, 2011
Source: THR

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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.

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  • DanTheMan
    I'm in! Done right, it can surely be a good adaptation
  • DanTheMan
    I can also see Mark Strong as Capone.......although he looks like Andy Garcia (which is ironic, seeing that Andy was in the "Untouchables")
    • Ohhhh yea, that's a great idea, I totally agree, Mark Strong would be perfect for Capone. Hope that happens!
      • DanTheMan
        Yup, especially seeing that's it "about a rising Capone".....the only thing would be Mark's height - he is considerably taller than Capone and one of the best Capone portrayers to me - De Niro
      • DanTheMan
        I have it now that there is good reason to believe that Mark WILL be approached for this Alex!
  • DanTheMan
    Geeze, the should have me as Casting Director - if they want a decent revenue earner on their hands - better pay diCaprio to don gunbelt once more - he ca be cast as Holliday's son.....If they don't want to pay that much - maybe Barry Pepper!!
    • Anonymous
      a surprisingly good idea. though I think you're Barry Pepper would be more spot on.
  • Bcopes11
    i really wouldn't mind seeing joel shumacher directing this
  • Hattori Hanzo
    I love that book  ... Very impressive choice for both the casting director and Ford for accepting the role. 
  • The Douche
    Two of my favorite eras, The old West and the 20's, together. Damn I'm in.
  • Hesik
    Fuck aging Harrison Ford
    • Anonymous
      Actually, we're all aging, with the exception of you Mr. Juvenile. At the risk of running counter to "Hesik's" stellar opinion, Black Hats sounds like a winner, in a similar vein to Harrison Ford's "Witness."
      • Hesik
        wow. hurr-fucking-durr.. you just SOLVED the Life's MYSTERY. OMG. Mr. Fucking obvious.
        • Anonymous
          @hesik. Congrats man, you're improving. Took you nine characters before you dropped an f-bomb. Unfortunately you ruined all that progress by dropping two. Let's see if we  can do better next time, okay?

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