Tommy Lee Jones Goes West to Remake John Wayne's 'The Cowboys'

September 5, 2013
Source: Variety

Tommy Lee Jones

Next week, we'll see Tommy Lee Jones in the R-rated mob action comedy The Family with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, but the actor is also eager to get behind the camera again. After being at the helm of films like The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and Sunset Limited on HBO, Variety reports Jones is set to return to the western genre with a remake of John Wayne's 1972 film The Cowboys. Warner Bros. is behind the film with Donald De Line producing and Jones will both write and direct the film, though it's not clear at this time if he also intends to take a role in front of the camera as with his previous directing gigs.

The original film followed a veteran rancher risks everything when he recruits schoolboys to man a dangerous cattle drive in order to avoid financial ruin after his normal crew leaves to look for gold. We're not sure how much the new version will be changed in Jones' script, but the genre just feels perfect for a guy like Jones, who has always seemed to have perfect western sensibilities, especially when starring in films like The Missing, No Country for Old Men and even films like The Fugitive and U.S. Marshals. Now we'll just have to wait and see what kind of cast Jones rounds up for the film

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do we need a John Wayne remake? of course not. but at least it's an older film for a change. for once i am happy to put aside my usual scepticism, mainly because rugged, rough Western's fit Jones like a weathered ranch glove. and Three Burials... was absolutely outstanding, if not exactly an easy ride. Tommy Lee was highly watchable despite not being a likeable character, and Barry Pepper was a revelation. looking at the whole cast in that film, he clearly can coax great performances out of his actors.

son_et_lumiere on Sep 5, 2013


I agree with not needing a remake. But we need more westerns and this is a western so its a good thing.

Brian Sleider on Sep 5, 2013


If Jones is involved then I trust his judgment.

Nathan Williams on Sep 5, 2013


i suppose they will mangle it and have it full of swear words.

Bellz Webster on Sep 6, 2013

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