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?