The critical acclaim of a film like The Assassination of Jesse James or massive popularity of a game like Red Dead Redemption shows that the western isn’t quite dead. Another example of its mild resurgence could be taken from the news that Warner Bros. has picked up the spec script Wild Guns, with plans to take it to the big screen. [THR]
Written by T.S. Nowlin, the script follows Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday (who were most famously portrayed in Tombstone and Wyatt Earp) as they set out on a quest to rescue the daughter of Sitting Bull, who’s been kidnapped by a Shaman with “mysterious powers.”
The movie is being produced by Gianni Nunnari and his company Hollywood Gang. Nowlin previously wrote a few other historical fiction pieces, one of which focused on Christopher Columbus; that’s caught the attention of McG to direct, and Relativity distributing. There’s also a script about Marco Polo that’s said to be set up with Endgame and Nunnari, so he’s obviously crafting a place for himself in the business. Personally, I could go for another Western, so having one come to a theater is kind of exciting. Sure, the two characters have been explored on the screen plenty of times, but at least this is taking things in a slightly different direction.
Does this project sound interesting to you? Is it time that another Western hits theaters?
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