Harrison Ford to play cowboy Wyatt Earp in Black Hats

Kurt Johnstad will script the adaptation of Max Allan Collins' novel

Harrison Ford will play Wyatt Earp in an adaptation of Max Allan Collins' novel, Black Hats.

The novel takes artistic liberties with Earp's life story, positing that he spent his final years as a private detective and movie consultant in LA.

When he discovers that Doc Holliday's son is in trouble with notorious gangster Al Capone, Earp reteams with one of his former deputies to take on the mob.

The big stylistic sell here (which apparently caught Ford's interest) is the concept of the grizzled gunslinger tackling '20s mobsters.

Ford will be seen donning a Stetson and wielding a six-shooter in this summer's sci-fi western mash-up Cowboys & Aliens, so presumably he must have enjoyed messing with the iconic genre's tropes.

Max Allan Collins also wrote the graphic novel on which Road To Perdition was based. Black Hats has landed a white-hot screenwriter in the form of Kurt Johnstad.

Johnstad wrote the script for 300, and he's currently scribbling away on prequel Battle Of Artemisia. He has also written The Last Photograph, and he has recently been engaged to rewrite the script for Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel.

Sold on the concept? Is there anything not to like about the idea of Ford's Wyatt Earp tackling 1920s gangsters? Talk to us!


    • Ali1748

      Jul 24th 2011, 22:47

      Intriguing premise.

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    • trist808

      Jul 25th 2011, 18:10

      Fantastic casting ... could he be the defining Earp? Costner and Russell were great respectively, but Ford could really nail this! Look forward to hearing who they cast as Capone & Doc Holliday as well, this could be truly epic :)

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    • jamesdarcy

      Jul 29th 2011, 16:21

      Blake Edwards' "Sunset" [1988], a film about Wyatt Earp [James Garner] working with cowboy star Tom Mix [Bruce Willis] to solve a murder at the Academy Awards in late 1920's Hollywood! Not a great movie,but, "there is nothing new under the sun."

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