July 7, 2011This afternoon we were looking for a quote from Johnny Cash about True West and perusing through issues from 2003 I ran across an article we did in the Feb-Mar issue. The feature-doubletruck was on "Westerns In The Works: Get Ready for a Bonanza of New Westerns!"
Here are the titles of "new" Westerns in the pipeline for 2003. Read 'em and weep:
• Open Range, released in summer of 2003, moderate success
• Westworld, remake with Arnold Schwarzenegger, never happened
• The Last Ride, retitled The Missing with Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchard, box office bomb
• Hidalgo, Viggo Mortensen, summer 2003, moderate hit (anybody know how big?)
• Bounty, supernatural killer, not sure how this one did. Do you know?
• The Lone Ranger, still working on it eight years later with Johnny Depp as Tonto. I believe it's scheduled for 2012.
• Muraya (Mike S. Blueberry), based on the cult graphic novel series by Moebius, I think it came out, was not in wide release. It was supposed to star Eddie Izzard as Mike. That could have been damn funny.
• Men of Destiny, director John Woo, about Chinese and Irish immigrants who built railroad. Sounds vaguely familiar, anybody know if this came out?
• The Last Samurai, Tom Cruise, did pretty good. Anybody know how good?
• Mending Fences, Keith Carradine, an Arizona ranching family struggles with its own emotional issues while trying to solve a murder. Hmmmm.
• Montana 1948, small town sheriff discovers his older brother is guilty of sexually assaulting female Native American patients. Kind of glad I missed this one, but did it even come out?
Made for TV
• Then Came Jones, a remake starring Sean Patrick Flanery, a reported $5 million pilot, the premise is described as "Laura Ingalls all grown up and everything went wrong."
• Peacemakers, Tom Berenger, USA cable channel, "CSI lands in the Old West". Did it air?
• Deadwood, no comment needed, a huge hit, perhaps the biggest on this entire list and a certain columnist of ours said it was a dirty dog and nobody would watch it.
• And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, never liked the title, but Antonio Banderas did a decent Pancho, and for once Villa was not played as a goofball. Not sure how the ratings stacked up.
Quite a list. I remember at the time thinking the project with the least potential was Deadwood. Just goes to show you, when it comes to Hollywood. . .
"Nobody knows anything."