Paramount Picks Up a Doc Holliday Action Adventure Script

December 18, 2009


Not a fan of westerns? Paramount wants to change your mind. The studio has acquired (via Variety) Chad St. John's spec script The Further Adventures of Doc Holliday in hopes of turning it into a western style tentpole action adventure movie. As in, a big budget, western "event" movie. Another one of Chad St. John's scripts ended up on this year's Black List in the #10 spot. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, of Transformers and G.I. Joe, is producing the project, which is described as a history-based adventure tale in the vein of Pirates of the Caribbean. Can you imagine seeing epic old western gunfights on an epic scale? Oh hell yes!

Doc Holliday was a famously tuberculosis-ridden gunfighter best known for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and for his involvement in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona in 1881. In an 1896 article, Wyatt Earp had this to say about Holliday: "Doc was a dentist not a lawman or an assassin, whom necessity had made a gambler; a gentleman whom disease had made a frontier vagabond; a philosopher whom life had made a caustic wit; a long lean ash-blond fellow nearly dead with consumption, and at the same time the most skillful gambler and the nerviest, speediest, deadliest man with a six-gun that I ever knew." Cool?

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  • beavis
    i'm very excited for this; but, it's hard to believe anyone can portray doc holliday as good as val kilmer did in tombstone........seriously, kilmer MADE that movie.
  • lamb of pierre
    Ah. This, could be interesting. And yes. You say Doc Holliday, I say Val Kilmer. But remember The Joker...
  • clippers350
    I don't wanna see a western in an epic scale, that's when you get "The Wild, Wild, West" I just want to see a good script and good acting. But I just can't see anyone else doing Doc Holiday besides Val Kilmer.
  • CLB
    Sounds like a warmer, friendlier Jonah Hex. This thing is going to have paranormal elements like Pirates so expect Doc fighting Civil War zombies and shaman-conjured creatures. I don't think it'll every actually get made though.
  • holyyy shit thats some love for a brother in guns, that Wyatt 's correction of Doc's definiton lets us glimpse. he has really raised the bar for the film makers to match on the screen 😀 i better look out for this cause its been some time since we have seen any good cowboy flicks Young Guns, Wyatt Earp, 3:10 to Yuma were great movies but we gotta have more 😀 how about a reboot of The Lone Ranger 😀 "Hooo, Silver Away..." cheers
  • Scott McHenry
    YEA! I love a good western! I'll see this fo sho
  • samuel j
    i think this would be awesome. ive been waiting for a great western after Appaloosa left a bad taste in my mouth.
  • Spider94
    soo its indiana jones in an all out action western movie instead of an adventure movie,sounds kool
  • Antioch
    Val Kilmer - anyone else wouldn't work!!! He needs to get back on top where he deserves to be.
  • Yankee My Winkee
    Kilmer was absolutely great but Denis Quaid really laid into the role as well. its like apples & oranges.. eally hard to say who did the best portrayal but I would venture to say that Quaid's performance was probably more historically acurate. I like the fire he gave to Doc; always ready to dole out an ass whippin' to those in need of one. Hope this turns out well.
  • Frightened Inmate #2
    We Cross?
  • Colt
    #10, it's very easy to choose, Kilmer is THE Doc Holliday
  • Gonnarentit
    Isn't Val Kilmer about 60 now? Doc's dead by 36. Wait, I know, let's just use CG to make him look younger! And how abouts adding some Dragons? Pathetic.
    • Juancrass
      You are wright about the age it should be a jounger actor
  • I just want to know where it will be filming and get a chance to be a part of it . Can't think of doing Doc anywhere but in Arizona and we have alot of great old west actors here to work it .
  • Labt3k
    You're a daisy if ya do.
  • Juancrass
    Since Pirates of the Carebbean appeared I had always in my mind a Western movie in the same style,it will shure works




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