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

July 25, 2011
Source: THR

Harrison Ford

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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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments


I'm in! Done right, it can surely be a good adaptation

DanTheMan on Jul 25, 2011


I can also see Mark Strong as Capone.......although he looks like Andy Garcia (which is ironic, seeing that Andy was in the "Untouchables")

DanTheMan on Jul 25, 2011


Ohhhh yea, that's a great idea, I totally agree, Mark Strong would be perfect for Capone. Hope that happens!

Alex Billington on Jul 25, 2011


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 on Jul 25, 2011


I have it now that there is good reason to believe that Mark WILL be approached for this Alex!

DanTheMan on Jul 27, 2011


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!!

DanTheMan on Jul 25, 2011


a surprisingly good idea. though I think you're Barry Pepper would be more spot on.

Anonymous on Jul 25, 2011


i really wouldn't mind seeing joel shumacher directing this

Bcopes11 on Jul 25, 2011


I love that book  ... Very impressive choice for both the casting director and Ford for accepting the role. 

Hattori Hanzo on Jul 25, 2011


Two of my favorite eras, The old West and the 20's, together. Damn I'm in.

The Douche on Jul 25, 2011


Fuck aging Harrison Ford

Hesik on Jul 25, 2011


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."

Anonymous on Jul 26, 2011


wow. hurr-fucking-durr.. you just SOLVED the Life's MYSTERY. OMG. Mr. Fucking obvious.

Hesik on Jul 26, 2011


@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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