Oh hell, why not? After all, he’s David Mamet, and if you’re familiar with the protagonist of the old series, known only as Paladin, and with David, hey, they certainly talk the same. (Although to hear Richard Boone, who starred in the original version back the prehistoric ’50s and ’60s, it was thewalk that made the character. Really, that’s what he said to our very own LB.)
CBS, David Mamet Developing ‘Have Gun – Will Travel’ Reboot by Lacey Rose
CBS is looking to reboot Have Gun – Will Travel with two-time Oscar-nominated writer David Mamet at the helm.
The network has made a script deal for the CBS TV Studios-produced Western, which originally aired on CBS from 1957-63. During its six-season run, the drama starring Richard Boone as Paladin not only delivered top-five ratings but also spawned a successful radio show.
If ultimately ordered to series, Have Gun could join Vegas, an upcoming Western starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, on CBS’ schedule. The genre generated heat last year at this time, with many of the broadcast network developing such projects as NBC’s The Frontier and Fox’s Wyatt Earp effort.
Mamet will serve as writer and executive producer on the project, alongside non-writing EP Elliott Webb. If the pilot is ordered, Mamet also would direct.
Know what we think is weird? Mamet’s sporting the same look as Al Pacino these days. Have these guys been, you know, hanging out? Maybe Pacino will play Paladin and give us a reboot we can hate on. (Not that we want that. No, no.)