Coming off of one Western that adds in some seriously fictional elements into the Old West, Harrison Ford is set to play Wyatt Earp in a Western set in 1920s New York City.

There’s something truly genius about that, and it continues a new trend in Hollywood where genres are blended and classic icons are thrown into other notable environments. Call it the Gallery 1988 Effect. That mash-up effect is being used for Black Hats, an adaptation of the Max Collins historical fiction novel which sees an aging Wyatt Earp working as a detective in Los Angeles who heads to New York City to help out Doc Holliday’s son get out of some messy business with Al Capone.

This just sounds cool as hell. Especially considering that it was a fictional biography of Earp written by Stuart Lake that made him famous in the first place, he’s this great icon that stands with one foot in reality and one foot in fantasy to begin with. Taking him to a hard-boiled New York City is a great idea, and Harrison Ford bringing him to life is an even better one. [THR]


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