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Watch a Documentary on John Ford as Paramount Announces ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ Remake

Written by on October 1, 2015 

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After helming a few remakes in his own career, another John Ford classic is now getting the update treatment. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, released in 1962, is one of the director’s most accomplished films, teaming John Wayne and James Stewart in the story of a cowboy and lawyer, respectively, who band together to take down the titular outlaw (played by Lee Marvin).

Variety is now reporting that Paramount Pictures is at work developing a remake of the film. IM Global president Matt Jackson, behind such films as End of Watch, Parkland, The Secret in Their Eyes remake, will serve as a producer. After Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street) was attached to the film, he’s now off of it with a new writer being sought. Details are also sparse, but it “may be set in a relatively contemporary period, such as 1980s Western Pennsylvania amid the retrenchment of the steel and auto industries.”

With the right creative forces behind the film, we’re somewhat curious, considering the lack of westerns in today’s era. As we await more updates one can dive more into the career of Ford with 1971’s The American West of John Ford, a one-hour documentary narrated by John Wayne, James Stewart and Henry Fonda.

What’s your favorite John Ford film?


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