Is this one of the coolest movie posters you've ever seen, or what? Yup, that's the brand new poster for 3:10 to Yuma over to the right of your screen (click on it for a larger version via Coming Soon); that new Western flick starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. What's great about the poster is the fact that they don't bombard the thing with portraits of both Bale and Crowe. Instead, we get some lone cowboy with his back toward us and a couple guns in his hand. I haven't purchased a movie poster in a long time, but part of me is actually itching to hang this bad boy up on the wall. (Unfortunately, the wife might not dig it as much as I do.) Oh, and the trailer ain't so bad either.
Based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, 3:10 to Yuma is a remake of the 1957 film of the same name. That one starred Glenn Ford and Van Heflin in the two lead roles, which will now be played by Crowe and Bale. In the film, which was directed by James Mangold (Walk the Line), Bale plays a small-time rancher who's placed in charge of holding an outlaw (Crowe) while they await the 3:10 train to Yuma for a court appearance. But if you thought the two guys would just hang out, play cards and make friendship bracelets for one another, you're wrong. It was recently announced that Lionsgate moved the film's release date up a month to September 7th in order to be the first Western this fall to hit the marketplace. I know that sounds weird (we haven't seen a quality Western grace the big screen in quite some time), but 3:10 to Yuma will indeed face competition from both Brad Pitt's The Assassination of Jesse James and the Coen Bros. No Country for Old Men (which our own James Rocchi calls a "revisionist Western" and not a "more classic-styled period piece). Should all three films do well, perhaps the Western will make a bit of a comeback. Now that I'd like to see.