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Harrison Ford plays an aging rancher in Jon Favreau’s “Cowboys and Aliens” who has to fight alien invaders, but in his next movie, he’ll just have to fight some Tommy gun wielding bootleggers. Though Harrison Ford will still be an aging-something, in this case, an aging Wyatt Earp, who comes out of retirement to save the son of his buddy Doc Holliday in “Black Hats”.
“Black Hats” will be based on a novel by Max Allan Collins (“The Road to Perdition”), writing under the pen name Patrick Culhane, and will star Ford as the legendary Wyatt Earp, who has left his lawman duties on the Western frontier behind to play private detective and movie consultant in Los Angeles.
In this new take on Earp, set in the 1920s, Ford’s 70-year old hero learns that his old gunslinging buddy Doc Holliday actually had a son who is now living in Prohibition-era New York City, where Holliday Jr. has gotten himself into all sorts of trouble with the booze-providing gangsters, in particular a fellow by the name of Al Capone. What’s an old lawman to do? Why, strap on his six shooters and get to shootin’, of course.
“300′s” Kurt Johnstad will adapt the Collins novel for Ford to star, with Basil Iwanyk and Jason Netter. No director or other castmembers have been attached as of yet.