Wyatt Earp

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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When people think back on the earlier, more successful portion of Val Kilmer’s career the role that gives them the most warm fuzzies is probably Kilmer’s portrayal of Doc Holliday in Tombstone. In that film he was cool, charismatic, and he basically stole the whole thing out from under Kurt Russell, who had the meatier part of Wyatt Earp. Now comes the news that Kilmer is going to slide over a spot and take on the Wyatt Earp role himself for Mike Feifer’s The First Ride of Wyatt Earp. Feifer has done mostly direct to video work over the course of his career, and Kilmer has recently sunk into that same world, but perhaps this is the film that is going to allow both men to get into the swing of things when it comes to big studio releases. With the huge financial success of True Grit, I imagine there are going to be a lot of studios looking to gamble in the western genre.  If they are able to knock this one out of the park I could see it getting a good distribution deal. Either way things go, I’m just glad to hear word of people making westerns again. What’s cooler than cowboys and horses and guns? Except for maybe pirates and ninjas, I can’t think of anything. The movie takes on the format of an older Earp sitting down with a reporter and telling him the story of his earlier exploits. There hasn’t been word as to […]

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