Someone please explain... 'Boone's Lick'

It’s rare that a movie project sounds this wrong. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Barry Levinson has signed on to direct Larry McMurtry’s Western Boone’s Lick, starring Tom Hanks and Julianne Moore. The long-gestating project centers on a headstrong woman (Moore) who drags her family on a rickety wagon from Boone’s Lick, Mo., to the Wyoming fort where her husband lives. Her brother-in-law (Hanks) escorts her on the dangerous journey and along the way falls in love with her."

So let’s recap: it’s a Tom Hanks western, an outdoorsy and sunlit movie costarring palest-woman-on-the-planet Julianne Moore, directed by Barry (Man of the Year) Levinson, with the word "Lick" in the title . Even if it’s written by Brokeback Mountain duo McMurtry and Diana Ossana, we’re not quite buyin’ it. What do you say — congratulations to the stars and director for stretching, or condolences to Universal, the studio that will have to try to release this?

 

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  • Dave

    It’s a Tom Hanks movie. How can it really fail? Marketable or not, people will still see it.

  • Byron

    Isn’t this one of the signs of the apocalypse? I like Tom Hank, but there is no way I am buying him as a cowboy.

  • Ceballos

    I like the idea of Hanks and Moore working together, but not on a friggin’ Western.
    If I’m gonna watch something called “Boone’s Lick” it’s going to be a softcorn porn/prequel movie where Ian Somerhalder first put the moves on Maggie Grace’s Shannon before they ended up on the island.

  • FatOutBoy

    OT: Oh my god, another 24 cover. This can’t be a slow newsweek with all the Smith/Spears/Fat Out Boy (yes fat singer)/AmIdol.. crap going on. What happened to pop culture anyway?

  • Jakeem

    That’s correct! Hanks in a motion picture almost equals $100 million at the box office. A year ago, people were saying that “The Da Vinci Code” wouldn’t make any money!

  • furry_tom

    They should have just called it “Home for Purim” because it’s not making it to the theater with that title.

  • Ceballos

    Falloutboy…at least it’s not another “Lost” cover (and I REALLY enjoy “Lost”, but this mag goes overboard)

  • Bob G.

    Tom Hanks already played a cowboy. Sure, it was Woody in Toy Story…but hey, he was a cowboy.

  • Jael

    I thought Cate Blanchet was the palest woman on the planet.

  • Megan

    Just as a fun fact, Boone’s Lick is a real place named after the salt lick Daniel Boone started when he was in the Missouri area.
    As far as the movie premise goes, quite a stretch.

  • Jimmy

    I’m not a huge McMurtry fan, but the novel upon which this film wil be based is quite good. Hanks and Moore are quite good actors; Hanks has proven himself bankable time and again; and while Barry Levinson may have given us Man of the Year, he also gave us The Perfect Storm, Homocide: Life on the Street, and Wag the Dog,/i>. Ratchet down the cattiness, perhaps.

  • furry_tom

    RE: Boone’s Lick is a real place named after the salt lick Daniel Boone started when he was in the Missouri area
    Just don’t ask about the origin of Boone’s Dump, KS.

  • KS

    Okay furry_tom, not funny!

  • Jujube

    I thought that Nicole Kidman was the palest woman on the planet.

  • furry_tom

    RE: Not funny
    What? In 1957, Pat Boone toured the country under the strength of his hit song “Love Letters in the Sand”. Before the tour began, Pat had printed out t-shirts to sell at his concerts that said “On the Road with Pat Boone”. However, in September Jack Kerouac’s On the Road was published. Fans of Pat Boone, a rather conservative lot, were afraid that Boone’s “On the Road” shirts were supporting an unwholesome hippy lifestyle. Boone saw sales of the shirt plummet. Rather than incurring the cost of taking the shirts with him for the rest of the trip, Boone left them behind at a gas station in Kansas. The town was later renamed Boone’s dump because he had “dumped” his unpopular merchandise there. To this day they still have the annual autumn Boone festival where they listen to his music and watch Journey to the Center of the Earth. Get your mind out of the gutter. The only reason I said not to ask was because the story is long and boring.

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