Westerns have been coming back into fashion lately (in fact, they’re hotter than a whorehouse on nickel night!), from Deadwood‘s run a few years ago to the more current Hell On Wheels and Justified, and CBS is looking to get in on the action. The network has teamed up with David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross) to create a revival of Have Gun – Will Travel, which originally aired on CBS from 1957-63.
Have Gun, which ran for six seasons, was a huge ratings success for CBS, solidifying Richard Boone (who played Paladin) as a star, and also spawned a popular radio show. If the reboot goes to series, it will go alongside Vegas, another CBS Western starring Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow) and Michael Chiklis (The Shield). For more on the series and why it’s likely to be a helluva hog-killin’ good time, hit the jump.
CBS joins other broadcast networks in developing Westerns, like NBC’s project The Frontier and Fox’s Wyatt Earp series. As for Mamet, he’s had a history with CBS as writer and executive producer for their series The Unit, but may be better known for his plays and films (he was nominated for an adapted screenplay Oscar for 1992’s The Verdict). If the new Have Gun series is picked up, Mamet will serve as executive producer and direct the pilot.
As Vulture points out, can we go ahead and reboot Bonanza, Gunsmoke and Pony Express, too? Or my personal favorite, Rawhide (“Head ‘em up, move ‘em out, Move ‘em on, head ‘em out Rawhide!”) The biggest question that remains though is casting — who could ever replace Richard Boone?