"Harrison Ford chickened out" of Walk Among the Tombstones.

A couple of years ago, it appeared that not only would Lawrence Block’s A Walk Among the Tombstones get made, but that it had a decent shot at actually being….well, decent. Joe Carnahan (Narc) was slated to direct with a script from Scott Frank (Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report, The Lookout) and Harrison Ford as Scudder.

Well, it never happened.

The reason: “Harrison Ford chickened out.”

That is the answer coming from director/writer Scott Frank.

Frank is currently promoting his amazing new film, The Lookout (I hope to have a review up in the next day or so), and recently did an interview with Suicide Girls and touched on why Tombstone has not been made.

DRE: I know this may be an old project but any idea what’s going to happen with the adaptation of A Walk Among the Tombstones?

SF: On the record I can tell you I hope it gets made. It’s all about having the right cast once Harrison Ford chickened out.

DRE: What made Ford decide to not do it?

SF: I think he was concerned about the darkness in that character.

DRE: It’s interesting because I read that he has no desire to do smaller or independent films.

SF: He said that to us. He said his customers wouldn’t want to see him in something like this, to which I would argue I’m not sure he has the same customers that he once had. I think there are a lot of people who’d love to see him in this. I still would love to see him do this movie. It’s the perfect movie for him but who knows?

I can’t help but think that A Walk Among the Tombstones might have done for him what Pulp Fiction did for John Travolta: Give a sagging career a desperately needed boost.

But considering the level of quality of Mr. Ford’s recent films, maybe his backing out was a good thing.