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‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ Remake in the Works at Paramount – My Blog

Once upon a time in the land of Hollywood (back in the ’50s and ’60s), Westerns were the superhero movies of their day. They featured larger-than-life heroes overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds and fighting evil villains who wreaked havoc on the innocent townsfolk. The filmgoing public ravenously consumed these movies, kids cosplayed as their favorite Western heroes, and movie studios relied on them as consistent money makers. A select few of these even became classics by breaking the clichéd rules of the genre and confronting viewers with uncomfortable moral quandaries.

One of these classics is John Ford‘s 1962 film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, starring Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne and a young Lee Marvin. The film finds Stewart playing wide-eyed lawyer Ranse Stoddard, who rises to prominence as a U.S. Senator after he finds his cojones, and with some mysterious help from Wayne’s veteran gunslinger Tom Doniphon, rids the town of Marvin’s Liberty Valance. When a reporter finds out the truth about what happened to Valance, he must decide whether to print the truth or let the legend live on. Stewart and Wayne are great in the movie, but it’s Marvin who steals this one with his electric, evil charm. It’s considered one of the greatest Westerns ever made and now it’s getting a remake… of sorts.

Deadline is reporting that Paramount Pictures has tapped Chap Taylor (Changing Lanes) to write a script based on Ford’s original film. Produced by Matt Jackson, the Liberty Valance remake will be set in New York City in 1991 during one of the most tumultuous times in the city’s history. It’ll be tied to the crack cocaine scourge that ravaged NYC and saw the murder rate skyrocket to unprecedented levels. The Ranse Stoddard in this version will be a young, college-educated black police officer who volunteers to be stationed in Harlem, hoping to make a difference. He’s paired with a veteran Irish-American cop who, I imagine, is a version of John Wayne’s Tom Doniphon. This might be a subtle reference to Wayne, who memorably played an Irish-American in Ford’s The Quiet Man.

Taylor, who worked as bouncer and bartender in Greenwich Village while attending NYU Film School during the early ’90s, told Deadline that his own experiences inspired him to write the script.
“It was the height of the crack war and when organized crime was breaking down and its control over the heroin trade left everyone fighting for their corner. The choice was to crack enough skulls that they stopped, or to engage in community policing to make things safer for the people who lived there, who wanted to be known to the police as more than potential suspects. There were well-meaning cops, but it was also the era of the Dirty Thirty scandal at a Harlem precinct house, which made it like the Wild West with some outlaw cops and street violence and corruption.”

As the writer of Changing Lanes and a consulting producer on NBC’sThe Blacklist, Taylor is no stranger to moral dilemmas. Lanes had Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson escalating a simple traffic accident to insane levels that constantly forced you to question whose side you were on. Adjusting the hero in Liberty Valance from a young lawyer to a young policeman trying to help his community certainly presents some interesting, topical avenues to explore. Will he have to make a questionable moral choice that echoes Stewart’s decision in the original? Will he rise to prominence on the back of a lie so that he can do more work for the greater good? Or will that lie end up unraveling all the “good” he’s done?
As a massive fan of classic Westerns, I loathe to see them remade beat for beat. So, if you’re going to remake one, you’d better have something new and unique to say that builds upon the central message of the original. Setting this new version in a combustible situation that pits a police force pushed to its limits against the the crack cocaine epidemic certainly gives the remake that opportunity. We’ll see what Taylor creates here and if he can ask new questions of the audience in our currently fluid moral society. I’m also eager to see who Paramount taps to direct the Liberty Valance remake, but that’s another story for another day.

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What John Wayne said in his angry letter to Clint Eastwood and how Eastwood responded. – My Blog

John Wayne and Clint Eastwood are the two biggest icons of the Western movies, however, Wayne wasn’t always a fan of Eastwood’s work. In fact, Wayne hated one of Eastwood’s Westerns so much he sent him a letter decrying the film. Here’s how Eastwood reacted to the letter — and how the public reacted to this movie.

This Clint Eastwood movie was a lot darker than John Wayne’s films : First, a little background. The Western was a staple of American cinema from its early days. It often presented a glorified view of American expansionism. During and after the civil rights movement, Westerns began to evolve, often presenting a critical or at least cynical view of the Old West. Movies like that became especially popular during the 1970s, but by the 1980s the genre was no longer an American staple.

One of the more famous dark Westerns from the 1970s was High Plains Drifter. The film is about a mysterious criminal who comes into town, to get revenge for his brother who was murdered as many of the townsfolk watched by idly. No one in the film is very sympathetic — they’re all either evil or passive in the face of evil. It’s a far cry from the more uplifting films which made Wayne famous.

What John Wayne said in his letter to Clint Eastwood — and how Eastwood responded : It’s very easy to see High Plains Drifter as a critique of the American West. According to the book Ride, Boldly Ride: The Evolution of the American Western, that’s how Wayne saw the film. In addition, he saw it as incorrect.Eastwood told Kenneth Turan “John Wayne once wrote me a letter saying he didn’t like High Plains Drifter. He said it wasn’t really about the people who pioneered the West.

I realized that there’s two different generations, and he wouldn’t understand what I was doing. High Plains Drifter was meant to be a fable: it wasn’t meant to show the hours of pioneering drudgery. It wasn’t supposed to be anything about settling the West.” According to the book John Wayne: The Life and Legend, Eastwood did not write back. How the public reacted to ‘High Plains Drifter’ : Clearly, Wayne was upset by the film. This raises an interesting question: Did High Plains Drifter resonate with the public?

According to Box Office Mojo, High Plains Drifter earned over $15 million. Even by the standards of the 1970s, High Plains Drifter was not a tremendous hit. For comparison, Box Office Mojo reports a less dark 1970s Western starring Eastwood called The Outlaw Josey Wales earned over $31 million.Regardless, High Plains Drifter has a bit of a legacy. It was the first Western that Eastwood directed himself. Eastwood would go on to direct several other Westerns including the Oscar-winning Unforgiven. Wayne wasn’t much of a fan of High Plains Drifter — and neither was the public.

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John Wayne spent a lot of time in Mexico doing charity work at orphanages . – My Blog

Easily overlooked amid the prolific acting career and larger-than-life persona was John Wayne’s generosity. He was generous with his family, whom he welcomed into his own career with open arms. And in the years since his ԁеаtһ, the philanthropy carried out by his estate has been dedicated to cancer research.Recently, the official John Wayne Instagram account posted a throwback photo from 1970.

It shows Duke visiting a Mexican orphanage with actress Raquel Welch.“Giving back to the community was important to Duke, he’s pictured here with Raquel Welch visiting an orphanage in Mexico in 1970,” the caption of the post reads.The heartwarming photo shows John Wayne giving a smile to a child outside the orphanage. Raquel Welch can be seen behind him to the right, doing the same thing.

John Wayne Had an Affinity for Mexico : John Wayne spent a lot of time in Mexico. For one, the iconic Western actor filmed no less than six movies in the country throughout his career. Beyond his acting career, however, Duke just loved spending time there.Granted, most of that time wasn’t spent at orphanages. But John Wayne did his small part in other ways too.

The town of Chupaderos in Northwestern Mexico was effectively built by Wayne and the movies he filmed there. Although, it did fall on hard times after he stopped making movies there.Nonetheless, Mexico was one of Wayne’s favorite destinations. His estate posted another photo back in April of the Western icon taking in the sights of Acapulco.“Duke loved to travel all over the world and one of his favorite places to visit was Mexico.

He’s pictured here in Acapulco in the late 1940’s, where he owned a hotel called Hotel Los Flamingos with his friend Johnny Weissmuller, who played Tarzan,” part of the caption reads.One of the things that brought Wayne to Mexico was his yacht, the Wild Goose. One of his favorite activities was sailing it down the coast of Mexico with his family.“For a long time, whenever I dreamed about him, we were on the boat,” John Wayne’s daughter Marisa said.Duke Owned a Hotel in Acapulco, Mexico : As the caption from the Instagram posts mentions, John Wayne owned a hotel in Mexico.

Along with a group of celebrities, John Wayne bought Hotel Los Flamingos in 1954 to use as a private getaway.After using it for vacations and private events for a few years, the group decided to sell the hotel. Today, Hotel Los Flamingos is still in operation. And fortunately for travel-inclined fans of the Duke, getting a room there is actually pretty affordable.

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Elvis Presley turned down an offer to star with John Wayne in the Oscar-winning Western . – My Blog

Having made his name as a singer in 1956, Elvis Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker had a vision for his client to become a Hollywood movie star. That same year The King acted in his first movie, a Western called Love Me Tender. Among his musical romantic comedies, he starred in three more Wild West films in Flaming Star, Frankie and Johnny and Charro, which caught the eye of John Wayne himself.

During this period, Wayne was America’s cowboy star, having acted in his first Western in 1930’s The Big Trail, before making iconic movies with John Ford like The Searchers.In 1969, the 62-year-old starred in one of his last box office successes, an adaptation of Charles Portis’ novel True Grit.

The storyline saw Duke play Rooster Cogburn, a tough one-eyed old United States Marshal who helps a 14-year-old girl track down the drunk who killed her father.They did this with the help of Texan Ranger LaBoeuf, a part that initially was set for Elvis.However, in the late 1960s, Elvis was tired of making poor musical rom-coms and returned his focus to live performances with his 1968 Comeback Special and subsequent Las Vegas residences.

The King’s cousin Billy Smith described on his son Danny’s Memphis Mafia Kid YouTube channel how John Wayne asked Elvis to co-star in a few of his movies. He said: “In fact, he asked him a couple of times.” In the end, his manager The Colonel pushed it too far by demanding that Elvis should receive top billing above Wayne if he were to play the Texan in True Grit.Billy added: “Of course, it was always carried through Colonel and at that time when he was asking, Elvis was such a big star.

Colonel didn’t want him to play second co-star or second star…with anybody else, so that ruled that out.”Since Wayne was already such a huge star, True Grit’s producers declined Elvis even though he was their original choice for the role of LaBoeuf.

Instead, another musician, Glen Campbell, was cast as the Texan ranger, which saw him nominated for a Golden Globe.If that wasn’t enough, Duke himself won the Golden Globe and his first and only Oscar in the Best Actor category for Rooster Cogburn.The Western legend said during his Academy Awards speech: “Wow! If I’d known that, I’d have put that [eye] patch on 35 years earlier.”

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