December 17, 2009

doc_holliday_historical_image_01.jpgParamount Pictures is hoping to set up a Western-genre tentpole flick with The Further Adventures of Doc Holliday, a spec script they just picked up from Chad St. John.  Unfortunately, nothing is known about the film beyond Variety saying it’s “described as a history-based action adventure tale in the vein of Pirates of the Caribbean.”  I’m glad they specified that really successful flick because I was worried they were going to make a film in the vein of Cutthroat Island.  St. John is attached to a number of Warner Bros. films including Sgt. Rock, Motor City, Outland, and The Days Before, which landed at #10 on this year’s Black List (an annual ranking of the best un-produced screenplays in Hollywood).

Holliday is a well-known figure of Western lore from his friendship with Wyatt Earp to his role in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral to dying from tuberculosis.  That last one may not be listed by some as an accomplishment, but the point is he’s one of the legends of the “Wild West” and I can get behind any project that wants to do for westerns what Pirates of the Caribbean did for pirate movies.

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