June 10, 2012

How did I miss this one?

eriously, how did I miss this? A film about Soapy Smith was scheduled to be released on February 26, 2010 and I knew zilch about it!

While surfing the net I happened across a page on CrimeTV.com about Soapy that someone had copied and pasted the information from Wikipedia, a common practice so it seems. At the top of the page are some page tabs, with one reading, "Contributors." On that page in the lower right side is an info box with the following text.

Distributed by -- Overture Films
Release date(s) -- February 26, 2010
Running time -- 101 Minutes
Country -- United States
Language -- English
Budget -- $20 million
Gross Revenue -- $53,771,250

My first course of action was to look up Overture Films, which I found to be no longer in business, my first clue as to why the film has not been released, if it was ever made. I have yet to locate any other info on the supposed film. According to the Los Angeles Times (July 23, 2010) John Malone's Liberty Media closed down Overture Films when attempts to sell the company showed a lack of profit. Marketing and distribution operations for Overture Films was handed over to Relativity Media. I have contacted everybody I felt might have been involved with the project and thus far have heard nothing back, stay tuned ...

1776: The Continental Congress appoints a committee to write a Declaration of Independence. 
1801: The North African State of Tripoli declares war on the U.S. The dispute is over merchant vessels being able to travel safely through the Mediterranean.
1806: The New York Commercial Advertiser becomes the first U.S. newspaper to cover the sport of harness racing. 
1854: The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, holds its first graduation. 
1856: Frank Jackson, a Sam Bass Gang member, is born in Llano County, Texas. 
1857: First Lieutenant George Crook is wounded by an arrow as he leads the 4th Infantry against Indians in Pitt River Canyon, California. 
1858: The Army takes control of Fort Bridger, Wyoming Territory. 
1859: The Comstock Load is discovered in Utah Territory (Nevada). Over $300 million in silver and gold is taken out of the ground over the next 20 years. 
1865: John Keene is the first person hanged on the "hanging tree" in Helena, Montana Territory. 
1877: John Good, a Texas cattle rancher is accused of being a horse thief by a man named Robinson, and when Robinson's revolver gets tangled in his clothing John Good shoots and kills Robinson with four shots. 1881: The James-Younger gang robs the Davis and Sexton Bank in Riverton, Iowa, of $5,000. 
1885: Salina, Kansas celebrates the arrival of the Missouri-Pacific Railroad. 
1898: U.S. Marines land in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

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