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Old August 22 2012, 06:22 AM   #1
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CBS, David Mamet developing "Have Gun - Will Travel" reboot

From the everything's getting remade file...
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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 not only delivered top-five ratings but also spawned a successful radio show.

Mamet will serve as writer and executive producer on the project,
alongside non-writing EP Elliott Webb. If the pilot is ordered, Mamet will also direct.
I've heard of "Have Gun Will Travel" but I've never seen it but I like Westerns so it sounds cool. Having David Mamet doing it is a plus.
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Old August 22 2012, 06:48 AM   #2
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The original was (is) a fantastic show, quite different from most of its ilk, it'll be interesting to see how this goes.
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Old August 22 2012, 01:53 PM   #3
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I like Westerns though I know nothing about the original. I'll definitely give this a chance.

Remember some years ago the old Steve McQueen tv show Wanted: Dead or Alive was to be developed as a tv show? Guess that's not happening any time soon.
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Old August 22 2012, 02:08 PM   #4
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Re: CBS, David Mamet developing "Have Gun - Will Travel" reboot

That sounds interesting. I hope they keep the Ballad of Paladin as the theme tune...
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Old August 22 2012, 02:42 PM   #5
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I'm betting the new Paladin will be darker than the original. Paladin definitely had his dark side, but Richard Boone was too naturally affable and funny to consistently play toward anything like anti-hero territory. I love the old ones (I watch one almost every day) and there's huge potential. If this is done well I could get excited about it.

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Old August 22 2012, 03:52 PM   #6
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Hubby had dvr'd some episodes and watched them yesterday. Little morality plays. Ya know the girl's gonna die if he likes her too much. Decent show. Hope they don't go too far from the original. But they will, because modern shows don't have enough time in 1/2 hour of air time to tell this kind of story.
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Old August 22 2012, 07:55 PM   #7
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Re: CBS, David Mamet developing "Have Gun - Will Travel" reboot

J.T.B. wrote: View Post
I'm betting the new Paladin will be darker than the original. Paladin definitely had his dark side, but Richard Boone was too naturally affable and funny to consistently play toward anything like anti-hero territory. I love the old ones (I watch one almost every day) and there's huge potential. If this is done well I could get excited about it.

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Have you ever seen The Tall T or Hombre? Boone could play pretty dark. I do agree that the new Paladin will be darker as the original Paladin was a lot more badass then the other TV cowboys at the time.
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Old August 22 2012, 09:08 PM   #8
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/\Agreed,Richard Boone was most effective when playing the baddieIMO.I'm struggling to remember the title of the late-era John Wayne western in which Boone was a pretty unrepentent kidnapper/killer...was it Big Jake?

Anyway I hope this new series gets off the ground but God knows it will probably end up(as most modern historical series do)a politically correct nightmare.
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Old August 22 2012, 09:22 PM   #9
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^Politically correct? Eh, you clearly don't know who David Mamet is, do you?
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Old August 22 2012, 09:33 PM   #10
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BruntFCA wrote: View Post
Have you ever seen The Tall T or Hombre? Boone could play pretty dark. I do agree that the new Paladin will be darker as the original Paladin was a lot more badass then the other TV cowboys at the time.
You're right, I didn't mean he could never play dark. But I think it would have been hard for Boone to sustain that over the course of a series. He could be dark as Paladin, too, but it's hard to think of him as a dark character because he was so good at the joking, banter and comedic episodes.

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Old August 22 2012, 09:54 PM   #11
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Have Gun - Will Travel
The original TV show starred Richard Boone as the gunfighter Paladin, who preferred to avoid violence when solving problems. One of its main writers was Gene Roddenberry, who went on to create "Star Trek."
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Last year, the network developed a remake of 1958 Western drama The Rifleman, but the project didnít make it to pilot.
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Have Gun - Will Travel is only in development. I hope the pilot gets a series order unlike last year's Western in development.

I'm all for the Western genre and think it works better as a 13-episode season rather than a 22 episode season.
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Old August 22 2012, 10:51 PM   #12
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David Mamet = Guarantee of Quality. 'Nuff said.

Now PUT--that coffee--DOWN!!!
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Old August 22 2012, 11:21 PM   #13
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flandry84 wrote: View Post
/\Agreed,Richard Boone was most effective when playing the baddieIMO.I'm struggling to remember the title of the late-era John Wayne western in which Boone was a pretty unrepentent kidnapper/killer...was it Big Jake?

Anyway I hope this new series gets off the ground but God knows it will probably end up(as most modern historical series do)a politically correct nightmare.
Yep it was Big Jake, he was pretty nasty in it.
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Old August 23 2012, 05:47 PM   #14
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^Politically correct? Eh, you clearly don't know who David Mamet is, do you?
Well it is on CBS. So Mamet will be pulling in one direction and CBS in the other. Whether this show interests me depends on who wins that tug of war and by how much (and on the casting).
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Old August 23 2012, 05:59 PM   #15
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I've never seen the original, but I would like to some day. I believe all of it is on Netflix. As has been noted, it's one of the television programs where Gene Roddenberry cut his teeth as a writer (he wrote twenty-four episodes, but was never on staff, contrary to his claim that he was the show's "head writer").
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