|The only authenticated picture of Billy The Kid|
Every so often I stumble across a piece of news, outside my usual remit of superheroes, sci-fi, and swords-and-sorcery, that reminds me that we live in a magnificent age for entertainment.
The maestro of historical fiction, Michael Hirst, who transformed The Tudors and Vikings into cult TV viewing experiences, has turned his attention to a long-time obsession of mine: the life and times of Billy The Kid.
You can read the full details at Geektown, where Hirst explains his own passion for Billy, which echoes my own.
It was a youthful interest in Billy The Kid that led me into a deep dive into the world of the Wild West, buying up any books or magazines on the Old West that I could find, in those pre-Internet days.
All this reached a climax when I wrote a full Western movie script as my final project on my Scriptwriting for Film and Television degree course at Bournemouth several lifetimes ago.
That script, Buscadero, was inspired by the story of Elfego Baca (as Billy's life had been well covered in cinema at the time), famed for holding off 40+ angry cowboys after arresting (with a possibly homemade badge) one of their number for drunkenness.
Matters came to a head when Baca was surrounded in an adobe jacal that was consequently riddled by 4,000 bullets before Baca - unharmed - could be persuaded to surrender.
But I digress. Hirst's Billy The Kid is expected to debut in the States, on EPIX in 2022, so I hope it gets a UK release date within days of its US screening.