Harrison Ford just got finished playing a grumpy old cowboy in the upcoming film Cowboys & Aliens, but he’s already landed a new role that will take him back to the old west. The actor is set to play Wyatt Earp in a new film called Black Hats, which is an adaptation of the Max Allan Collins novel, and it sounds like it’s going to be freakin’ awesome! Collins is the same author who wrote the graphic novel Road to Perdition. The script is being written by 300 co-writer Kurt Johnstad.
The story mixes fact with fiction and tells the story of a older Earp “who spent his last years as a private detective and movie consultant in Los Angeles. The 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. Earp teams up with Bat Masterson, one of his former deputies and now noted sportswriter for the New York Morning Telegraph, to take on the gang in what becomes a tale of six-shooters versus tommy guns.”
This film has a lot of potential, and I think its great that Ford has been cast in this character, he should make for a great Wyatt Earp. Honestly, who wouldn't want to see Ford play this historiacal character?
What are your thoughts on Ford playing Earp?
Here the description of the book:
"Black Hats" is the untold story, rooted in factual speculation, of two of the most notorious men of the early 20th century - Wyatt Earp and Al Capone. Earp made his name in his younger days, serving as a lawman who was well known for bending the law where he saw fit, and shooting first and asking questions later. But it's a little-known fact that Earp spent the last twenty years of his life as a private detective in Los Angeles. So when his best friend, Doc Holliday's, mistress implores the aging lawman to track down her and Holliday's errant son in Manhattan, Earp willingly takes the case.His task: to convince the young man to give up his ill-advised involvement in organized crime and bootlegging. Earp enlists his old friend, Bat Masterson, who's now a sportswriter, and delves deep into the world of the New York mafia, where he comes across a young Alphonse Capone. Earp and Masterson, men who earned their names in the rough and tumble, lawless world of decades before, set their sights on liberating a young man from the ruthless thug Capone and his gang. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.