Paramount Picks Up a Doc Holliday Action Adventure Script
by Alex Billington
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?
Reader Feedback - 17 Comments
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.
beavis on Dec 18, 2009
Ah. This, could be interesting. And yes. You say Doc Holliday, I say Val Kilmer. But remember The Joker...
lamb of pierre on Dec 18, 2009
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.
clippers350 on Dec 18, 2009
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.
CLB on Dec 18, 2009
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
burak "Daequitas" on Dec 18, 2009
YEA! I love a good western! I'll see this fo sho
Scott McHenry on Dec 18, 2009
i think this would be awesome. ive been waiting for a great western after Appaloosa left a bad taste in my mouth.
samuel j on Dec 18, 2009
soo its indiana jones in an all out action western movie instead of an adventure movie,sounds kool
Spider94 on Dec 18, 2009
Val Kilmer - anyone else wouldn't work!!! He needs to get back on top where he deserves to be.
Antioch on Dec 18, 2009
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.
Yankee My Winkee on Dec 18, 2009
Frightened Inmate #2 on Dec 19, 2009
#10, it's very easy to choose, Kilmer is THE Doc Holliday
Colt on Dec 19, 2009
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.
Gonnarentit on Dec 19, 2009
You are wright about the age it should be a jounger actor
Juancrass on Nov 21, 2011
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 .
LG Slim on Dec 19, 2009
You're a daisy if ya do.
Labt3k on Jan 27, 2010
Since Pirates of the Carebbean appeared I had always in my mind a Western movie in the same style,it will shure works
Juancrass on Nov 21, 2011
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