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Wednesday, 15 December 2010

The western is riding back stronger than ever


 True Grit 2010, the Black Horse eBooks and now two more western movies in production. For years western news has been thin on the ground but now we're spoilt for choice.

Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana (Lonesome Dove) are in the early stages of scripting two period Westerns, both of them adaptations: The Color of Lightning and Empire of the Summer Moon.
Ridley Scott is on tap to direct Color of Lightning, in which a freed slave plots revenge against the Comanche and Kiowa who kill his son and take the rest of the family captive.  The story is loosely based on the same tale that is said to have inspired The Searchers.

“Quanah was the last great Comanche chief, considered the key to what they called ‘The Comanche Barrier’ to settling the West.  He came to power very young and led the Comanches in the last great wars against the white man. One of the interesting parts of the story was that his mother was the most famous captive of the era. She was the white squaw who refused to return, until she was finally brought back against her will by the Texas Rangers.”

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