What a long and dusty trail this alt-history film has travelled to arrive at Michiana theaters.
The road began as an initial pitch made to Universal / Dreamworks 14 years ago by Malibu Comics president Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Despite changing studios three times, only two directors have been attached to the property during its gestation. Upon inception the studio hired Steve Oedekerk, acclaimed comedy writer / director. After a year of no progress, Oedekerk left the project.
In the interim Malibu was purchased by Marvel Comics and Rosenberg tried to resuscitate the property by generating a graphic novel in 2006. This attracted the attention of the Iron Man team of director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey, Jr. The duo advanced the project to a green light in 2008. Unfortunately Downey, Jr. became a hot property and scheduling conflicts with Sherlock Holmes forced the actor to bow out. Daniel Craig, left waiting in the wings while MGM figured out how it could solve it’s financial woes, stepped in. The man known as James Bond welcomed genre fan favorite Harrison Ford* as co-star and filming began.
Harrison Ford has an interesting western background, beginning with episodes of the TV series The Virginian in 1967 and Gunsmoke in 1972-73. Since most know him as Indiana Jones, there was a conscience effort not to have Ford wear a cowboy hat in Cowboys and Aliens.
Local Michiana theatres AMC Showplace 16 located at 450 W Chippewa Ave and Cinemark Movies 14 at 910 West Edison Road are both showing the new film beginning this weekend.
*You must check out the attached video of Harrison Ford on Jimmy Kimmel, it’s a hoot!