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Ridley Scott contemplating a Western with Larry McMurtry?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Fans attending the Hero Complex Film Festival in Los Angeles might have picked up a bit of film news dished out by legendary director Ridley Scott.

Speaking as part of a Q-and-A that fell between screenings of his two best films — “Alien” and “Blade Runner” — Scott let it be known that in addition to the “Alien” prequel he’s currently developing, he’s contemplating directing a Western. He even has Larry McMurtry, Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Brokeback Mountain” and “The Last Picture Show,” hashing out a script.

FirstShowing.net, which breaks this story, wonders if the project in question is “Boone’s Lick,” an adaptation of McMurtry’s own novel about a family’s journey across the Plains. But IMDB has Barry Levinson attached to that project, with a 2012 release date.

No actors have been cast for “Boone’s” yet, so a director switch could be in order. Knowing Scott, he’ll have a part reserved for Russell Crowe. But I doubt this is the film Scott meant when he casually dropped that a Western was on his radar

As to which story Scott referred, we’ll find out soon enough (if it develops). In the meantime, Scott revealed plenty more about the plot of his “Alien” prequel, so click on FirstShowing’s page and spoil away!

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • June 14, 2010 | Permalink |

    Sir Ridley has spoken before about wanting to direct a Western….I thought the one he was most interested in was Blood Meridian by McCarthy……although that might be difficult to get backing for due to the amount of violence in it…..so maybe he’s looking at something else now.

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