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Doc Holliday western the next project for HBO

11.22.2011
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Legendary BATMAN & ROBIN writer Akiva Goldsman has signed a two-year exclusive deal with HBO. The first project that will be produced under this deal will be a Western drama that's not titled "Deadwood", to the chagrin of fans. Instead it will focus on Doc Holliday, famous gambler, gunslinger, and participant in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. 

Ron Howard is attached to direct the pilot of the untitled show from a script by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (ACCEPTED). Goldsman and his producing partner Kerry Foster will executive produce, and Howard's father and his wife (Rance and Judy Howard) will co-produce.

The show is inspired by Mary Doria Russell's novel "Doc" which hit in May, and puts Holliday in the lead role rather than the sidekick of Wyatt Earp he's usually relegated to (see Val Kilmer in TOMBSTONE). It's gotta be the tuberculosis- who wants your hero to be constantly feverish, coughing up blood and mucus? But I'd like to think that Walter White of "Breaking Bad" has led the charge for a new wave of coughing protagonists.

The series will feature the never-before-explored love triangle between Holliday, his prostitute wife, Kate Elder and best friend, Wyatt Earp — all set against the lawlessness and desperation of a rapidly changing society.

As for now, Howard and Goldman are still looking for a home for their DARK TOWER adptation. More on these project as we hear it.

Source: Deadline

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2:23AM on 11/23/2011
Sounds awesome. only problem is it could turn into the next Deadwood. I loved the hell out of Deadwood and was totally pissed when it got cancelled. I'm a bit worried that if I get addicted to this then the bastards might cancel it too.
Sounds awesome. only problem is it could turn into the next Deadwood. I loved the hell out of Deadwood and was totally pissed when it got cancelled. I'm a bit worried that if I get addicted to this then the bastards might cancel it too.
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12:58AM on 11/23/2011
Sounds good to me! If it's anything like Deadwood with maybe just a little bit more action it should be great!
Sounds good to me! If it's anything like Deadwood with maybe just a little bit more action it should be great!
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12:40AM on 11/23/2011
Sounds good. Hopefully this fills in the empty hole that the cancellation of Deadwood left. Even though Val Kilmer IS Doc Holliday, hopefully they find someone with as much charisma.

But yeah, if this turns into the next Deadwood, I'm all for it.
Sounds good. Hopefully this fills in the empty hole that the cancellation of Deadwood left. Even though Val Kilmer IS Doc Holliday, hopefully they find someone with as much charisma.

But yeah, if this turns into the next Deadwood, I'm all for it.
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10:53PM on 11/22/2011
you're a daisy if you do
you're a daisy if you do
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8:14PM on 11/22/2011
Val Kilmer was awesome as Doc Holliday. Hopefully they find someone who will bring charisma to the role the way Val did.
Val Kilmer was awesome as Doc Holliday. Hopefully they find someone who will bring charisma to the role the way Val did.
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