THE UNTOUCHABLES Screenwriter David Mamet
Wants To Bring Back To CBS HAVE GUN – WILL TRAVEL!!
David Mamet, who wrote the hugely entertaining De Niro-Costner-Connery movie version of the 1950s-1960s TV series “The Untouchables,” now wants to bring the 1950s-1960s series “Have Gun – Will Travel” back to CBS.
Reason To Be Excited #1:
“Travel,” the tale of a supersmart, well-manned, well-educated and well-spoken Old West mercenary based in San Francisco, was one of the best series of its era, scripted by the likes of Frank Pierson (“Cat Ballou,” “Presumed Innocent,” “Mad Men”), Harry Julian Fink (“Dirty Harry”), Sam Peckinpah (“The Wild Bunch,” “Straw Dogs”), “Mission: Impossible” creator Bruce Geller and “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry.
Reason To Be Excited #2:
David Mamet, who earlier created “The Unit” for CBS, is one of the best screenwriters on the planet. Besides “The Untouchables,” he’s scripted “The Verdict,” “House of Games,” “Things Change,” “Homicide,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Oleanna,” “American Buffalo,” “The Edge,” “The Spanish Prisoner,” “Wag The Dog,” “Ronin,” “The Winslow Boy,” “Lakeboat,” “State and Main,” “Hannibal,” “Heist, “Spartan,” “Edmond” and “Redbelt.”
David Mamet is awesome.
CBS, which has a hit reboot of “Hawaii Five-0,” is also developing a sitcom sequel to “The Brady Bunch” with Vince Vaughn.
In the event that Jon Berenthal’s “L.A. Noir” pilot goes to series, who can they get to step into Richard Boone’s Paladin boots?
Find all of Deadline’s story on the matter here.
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Aug. 22, 2012, 5:20 a.m. CST
I have never seen it but Now I want to!
Aug. 22, 2012, 6:08 a.m. CST
Great series on television AND radio. Serious fun.
Aug. 22, 2012, 6:19 a.m. CST
by DC Films
Remington Steele in a cowboy hat.
Aug. 22, 2012, 7:19 a.m. CST
Obviously, I'm Team Rifleman
Aug. 22, 2012, 7:22 a.m. CST
Looks like Westerns are back in fashion! But do we need any more Reboots? How about an original Western, something that's not a remake? Hollywood please make originals not remakes. I'm sick of hearing about Rebbots/Remakes on film and TV.
Aug. 22, 2012, 7:23 a.m. CST
Aug. 22, 2012, 7:40 a.m. CST
Herc, I wonder how you feel about David Mamet being a born-again conservative? You usually make fun of all things conservative/Republican...
by Coughlins Laws
Anyway, I like most of his work. When Mamet is good, he's really good. When he's bad, though, the dialogue becomes grating. Fortunately, that doesn't happen often...
Aug. 22, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST
I can't believe there are people who actually think that pile of crap (or really any Brian DePalma movie) is really good.
Aug. 22, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST
Where's my baseball bat?
Aug. 22, 2012, 7:59 a.m. CST
by Coughlins Laws
The Untouchables is an exceptional movie...
Aug. 22, 2012, 8:20 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
"...I want his house burned to the GROUND, I wanna go there in the middle of the night and PISS ON HIS ASHES!"
Aug. 22, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
"You want to get Capone, here'sh how you get Capone...he pullsh a knife, you pull a gun, he putsh one of yoursh in the hoshpital, you put of hish in the MORGUE, that'sh the Chicago way...and that'sh how you get Capone!"
Aug. 22, 2012, 8:31 a.m. CST
Aug. 22, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST
Spartan I loved, although it would be hard to say why. Kilmer, mainly. That bit where he breaks into that house, gets caught there but confuses the shit out of the guard to get away? Awesome.
Aug. 22, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST
by Mosquito March
I said your friend died screaming like a stuck Irish pig. Now you think about that when I beat the rap.
Aug. 22, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST
by Mosquito March
Aug. 22, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST
"He pulls a kife you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way!" LOVE THAT LINE & MOVIE. The scene where he fakes the bookeeper into talking!!! How can you hate on that movie?
Aug. 22, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Can someone explain what the FUCK that line is supposed to mean?!
Aug. 22, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST
Whenever you saw him in San Francisco he would be wearing these ridiculous frilly outfits. But as soon a he returned to the west he decked himself out in leather.
Aug. 22, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST
HGWT was superb - a big gold star to the first person who correctly answers: Who did the famous theme music for the TV series?
by Michael Lunney
I was surprised when I learned of it, because he is my favorite film composer!!!!
Aug. 22, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST
And of course, the only logical choice for Paladin would be Michael Cera, or Will Smith.....because people are more stupid today than way back then...
by Michael Lunney
or maybe..... Paul Reubens..... heh heh......
Aug. 22, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST
He could do both this and Magic City
Aug. 22, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST
Alright, so the Internet tells me he died last month and co-wrote one Mad Men, but... still... Neat.
Aug. 22, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST
Have just started season one. Jack Lord guest stars in Episode one and Charles Bronson in Episode two. I remember these from when I was a kid, great show
Aug. 22, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST
Mamet's wife and arguably the world's worst actress.
Aug. 22, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST
Put you fucking gun back in your cocksucking holster, shit for brains or I'll blow your shriveled dick out your fucking asshole.
Aug. 22, 2012, noon CST
Can modern TV -- particularly broadcast -- handle the organization of horses, action scenes, period costumes and props, not to mention settings? This would have to have a good budget. Obviously, the talent is there, so I'm hopeful. Could the lead be at least 30?
Aug. 22, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST
by Brian Hopper
So tragic. That said, he has undeniably written some truly great stuff (Glengarry and American Buffalo near the top of the list).
Aug. 22, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST
As talkbackers have already mentioned, Palladin will be played by a 22-year old. And probably have a son or something. It really was a top-notch show, and the premise is timeless. I actually prefer the radio version. John Dehner was a great voice actor and really nailed it. Voice like a well-oiled chainsaw.
Aug. 22, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST
He ended up being so disappointed with it that he's basically disowned it. Now he wants another CBS procedural? I guess David Mamet gotta fund his conservative mouthpiece plays.
Aug. 22, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST
by Shannon Nutt
I know Donner wanted to do a big screen version after his success with MAVERICK, and he actually directed a handful of episodes of the original show.
Aug. 22, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST
Me like nepotism.
Aug. 22, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST
Aug. 22, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST
he looks like a big pink pussy!
Aug. 22, 2012, 9:41 p.m. CST
Not right-wing enough? Did he want like a reality straight faced version of Team America: World Police? I love the guy's early work, but he has gone bugnuts crazy.. like throw all the Muslims in concentration camps level of paranoia.
Aug. 23, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST
With special guest singer, Joaquin Phoenix.
Aug. 23, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST
I would say Jeffrey Dean Morgan, but he has his show, and Lange is awesome.
Aug. 23, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST
Aug. 23, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST
but the commercial was going to last for ten seconds. <p> I wanted it now.
Aug. 23, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST
Anybody remember when Eminem was attached to a big screen remake of Have Gun? God I'm glad that never materialized.
by Jason Adkins
Aug. 23, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST
...I just mind that everything he's written since his Neo-Conversion has been a flaming piece of shit. Back when he was moderately lefty (or at least apolitical) he was awesome.
Aug. 24, 2012, 5:43 a.m. CST
It has been said if you aren't liberal when you are young, you have no heart. It has also been said if you aren't conservative when you are old, you have no brain.
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