Bass Reeves in the TV series “Beyond Time”
Amazon Studio acquired the rights to produce and display an unnamed biographical western about the first black marshal of the USA Basset Reeves. Chloe Zhao (“Rider”) will write a screenplay of the picture and take the director’s chair of the project.
The tape will tell about Bass Reeves, one of the greatest American ministers of the law, nicknamed the Invisible Marshal.
Reeves was born in Arkansas to a slave family in 1938. At the age of 17, tired of the bullying of the plantation owner, he fled and for several years lived on the territory of Indian reserves, where he was engaged in farming and trained in the mastery of cold steel.
After the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, Reeves began a peaceful life, until the local sheriff invited him to take care of the criminals hiding in the Indian reservations, so familiar to the former slave. Reeves agreed, and, according to the legends, the robber of the Stevenson train died first from the hand of the dark-skinned deputy marshal.
In total, in his 32-year career, Reeves arrested more than 3,000 criminals, only 14 were killed as a result of self-defense. Among the criminal elements, Reeves was called “the black devil who imagines himself a god.”
Some experts believe that the famous hero of adventure westerns Lonely ranger is largely inspired by the career of Reeves.
At the moment, the Zhao project has no name and exact release date.
Chloe Zhao debuted in full-length direction in 2015 with the picture “Songs that the brothers taught me”. In 2017, her second film, the drama “Rider”, was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.