by Brian Lindenmuth
In case you haven’t heard, we’re getting a Bass Reeves movie.
Recently, Bass Reeves had some buzz behind him after he appeared in HBO’s Watchmen. Viewers clamoring for more Bass Reeves will soon get their chance. Hell on the Border is a new Bass Reeves movie coming to select theaters and VOD on December 13th.
Here’s the poster and synopsis:
“This epic, action-packed Western tells the incredible true story of Bass Reeves (David Gyasi), the first black marshal in the Wild West. Having escaped from slavery after the Civil War, he arrives in Arkansas seeking a job with the law. To prove himself, he must hunt down a deadly outlaw (Frank Grillo) with the help of a grizzled journeyman (Ron Perlman). As he chases the criminal deeper into the Cherokee Nation, Reeves must not only dodge bullets, but severe discrimination in hopes of earning his star-and cement his place as a cowboy legend.”
For years, various Bass Reeves projects have been announced but nothing seemed to come of them. I’m happy to see this come to life. Regardless of what happens, Bass Reeves’ life is worthy of far greater attention, hopefully there will be many more.
Maybe, just let me dream for a second, this could be the kick-off of an unofficial BCU (black cowboy universe) with men like John Ware, Isiah Mays & Benjamin Brown, Nat Love, Jesse Stahl, Bill Pickett, Isom Dart, Jim Beckwourth all getting their own movies and TV series or appearing in other properties. [Link]After all, there is 100 years of historical scholarship to draw from. (https://blindenmuth.wordpress.com/2019/01/29/from-john-ware-to-the-compton-cowboys-100-years-of-scholarship-writings-and-re-contextualizing-the-black-experience-in-the-west/)
Check out the trailer: