HBO Getting Back Into Westerns With Doc Holiday Series

Tuesday, November 22 by
The most badass gunslinger of the wild west and that's what they put on his gravestone? Mine will say, "From Time to Time, He Enjoyed a Good Fudgesicle."  

HBO, having witnessed the moderate success of the recent Hell on Wheels and the, uh, unparalleled durability of the not-so-recent Gunsmoke, has decided to get back into westerns with an untitled Doc Holliday series that will put the gunslinger front and center as he drinks and shoots people. I’m sure they’ll add some other elements, but does anyone really care about the other elements?

While the project is nascent, it will be written by accomplished screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who has under his belt the TV series Fringe, A Beautiful Mind, The DaVinci Code, andI Am Legend. Helming the series will be longtime Goldsman collaborator and Arrested Development voiceover-doer Ron Howard. Two for two on big names so far.

Who will they get to play Holiday? I dunno. Val Kilmer had a very memorable turn as Holliday in Tombstone, but insurance companies are now reluctant to carry Kilmer projects because they are afraid he will eat the cast and crew. Also, they just don’t make chaps that big.

The field is too wide-open to even hazard a guess, but…what the hell:

John Stamos and Frankie Muniz both playing the legendary character in an Olsen sisters-type arrangement?


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