Hollywood is seeing an uptake in Westerns. Quentin Tarantino gave us both Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight in the last five years, the labored production of Jane Got a Gun finally bore fruit, and Antoine Fuqua is getting ready to release his star-studded The Magnificent Seven later this year. We’re even getting The Dark Tower, based on Stephen King’s supernatural Western of sorts, The Gunslinger, and HBO’s equally fantastical Westworld.
Amid this budding renaissance for the genre, the children of the credited inventor of the Spaghetti Western, Sergio Leone, is bringing a new Western series to the small screen called Colt. Italian director Stefano Sollima will helm the first two episodes and act as showrunner, in addition to writing the script.
Variety announced that Italy’s Leone Film Group, run by Raffaella and Andrea Leone, is developing the English-language Colt, based on a concept by Sergio and named for the pistol wielded by Clint Eastwood’s “Man with No Name” in A Fistful of Dollars.
“It’s from my father’s idea in which the gun was the main character and the device through which the tale is told,” Raffaella said, adding, “We are thinking of six episodes, each one connected to a single gun shot. But we could do more.” Calling it “like a prequel to Jesse James,” the 1939 Western, Rafaella said Colt will follow “a bunch of kids” who become outlaws in the Old West, beginning as adolescents and continuing through “their becoming bandits within the arc of the six episodes.”
Sergio is the director behind such classic films as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America, and My Name Is Nobody, to name a few. According to author Christopher Fralying’s book, Sergio Leone: Something To Do With Death, he enlisted his screenwriter collaborators Sergio Donati and Fulvio Morsella to work out a new idea for a miniseries about a Colt revolver that passed from owner to owner in the Old West. Donati reportedly shelved the project after writing a treatment.