It is nearly impossible to maintain a sophisticated stance on a movie whose plot description sounds like it was written on Reddit: “So, you take Wyatt Earp. You know Wyatt Earp, right? He was a cowboy. Henry Fonda played him once. Not important. You know Al Capone? Take him, too. Let’s have the two of them face off against one another. Cowboys vs. Gangsters. Isn’t there another movie like that coming out soon? Who’s in that? Harrison Ford? Sounds good! Let’s get him!”
So, that’s pretty much what’s going on right now. Ford will star as Wyatt Earp in Black Hats, a film based on Max Allan Collins’/Patrick Mulcane’s (they’re the same person) novel, Black Hats: A Novel of Wyatt Earp and Al Capone.
“Let’s keep going. Who should write the script? This has got to be badass. What’s the most badass movie ever made? 300! Who wrote that? Google says it’s Kurt Johnstad. He sounds pretty badass. He’s in.”
Honestly, if done with the right amount of innovation, I could see this mismatched pairing of genres being an overwhelmingly entertaining and creative account and re-imagining of historical eras, like Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, or an odd, nonsensical mashup that doesn’t seem to have any purpose at all, like Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.