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As big a fan as I am of Westerns, the old TV Westerns from the glory days are pretty hit and miss with me. CBS’ “Have Gun, Will Travel” was one of those shows I never saw a single episode of. Besides the fact that it was way, WAY before my time — well, that’s pretty much it. I’ve heard of it, of course, and I know what it’s about. I mean, it’s kind of hard to find on TV nowadays unless you have, say, the Western TV Show Channel or something. (That doesn’t actually exist, does it?)
Anyways, all that is to say that CBS is gearing up a reboot of one of their more popular Westerns of yesteryear, the Richard Boone fronted “Have Gun, Will Travel”, starring Boone as a wandering mercenary name Paladin in the old west. You don’t have to be an old timey Western fan to have heard of the show or the hero, though it probably helps.
The network has now set famed playwright and movie writer/director David Mamet to write, produce, and direct a potential pilot for a reboot of the show. This isn’t Mamet’s first foray into TV — he created, wrote, and produced four seasons of the military actioner “The Unit”, about a close-knit group of Delta Force operators, for them. I really liked “The Unit”, but it sort of lost me when it started to get way too conspiracy-laden that it became a major drag.
The original “Have Gun, Will Travel” was created by Sam Rolfe and Herb Meadow, and starred Boone as a man in black name Paladin, a gunfighter who used his brains as much as he did his gun to solve problems. I mean, check out the intro for the old show below. The dude has a chess piece on his holster. And listen to the opening monologue. Says it all about him, doesn’t it?
Via : Deadline