Cowboys & Aliens star Harrison Ford has attached himself to play Wyatt Earp in Black Hats, reports Heat Vision. The film will be based on the Max Allan Collins novel, with Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Jason Netter of Kickstart Productions producing.
Kurt Johnstad, who co-wrote 300 and is co-writing its sequel, 300: The Battle of Artemisia, has been hired to write the adaptation.
The book is described as follows:
A brilliant, original thriller that re-creates an exciting and dangerous time in American history and brings together two storied and feared crime legends.
The Prohibition era has just begun, the Wild West a fading memory, and Wyatt Earp is making ends meet as a detective in Los Angeles. To help the late Doc Holliday’s son, Wyatt goes east, where his onetime deputy, Bat Masterson, is New York’s top sportswriter. Wyatt and Masterson face a showdown with a new breed of badmenmobsters led by Brooklyn’s brutal young Al Capone, in a takeover of young Holliday’s hot new speakeasy. As the ’20s (and machine guns) roar, the lawless lawmen enter a glittering world of showgirls and cafe society, of gangsters and gamblers, where their legends may even end as Scarface Al’s begins.
Collins (“Road to Perdition”) wrote the book, published in 2007, under the pseudonym of Patrick Culhane.