David Mamet Writing ‘Have Gun – Will Travel TV Reboot

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David Mamet had a television home at CBS with his series The Unit before it was canceled in 2009, but now the playwright and screenwriter is heading back to the network for a new project that will be familiar to Western fans.

CBS is developing a series reboot of the 1957 classic Western drama Have Gun – Will Travel with Mamet (The Untouchables and Glengarry Glen Ross) scripting and executive producing the effort, with an eye towards directing the pilot as well. CBS TV Studios will produce the series reboot themselves, along with agent-turned-producer Elliott Webb.

The old black and white series (which saw many episodes written by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry) ran from 1957 through 1963, taking its title from a catchphrase commonly seen in the personal ads of newspapers that would let people know that the person behind the ad was ready for anything that came their way. Each episode followed Richard Boone as Paladin, a Civil War veteran turned gunslinger who rode around the West looking for anyone who needed his particular set of skills, but only drew his pistols when it was absolutely necessary, preferring to settle his skirmishes without any violence.

Here’s the opening title sequence from the original 1957 series:

Certain readers will also undoubtedly remember the Have Gun – Will Travel reference that was featured in a scene of the 1986 coming-of-age film, Stand by Me:

CBS has discussed a reboot of the series before, with the story set in modern day and following rapper and occasional actor Eminem in the lead role. It’s not clear if this version also brings the action into a contemporary setting, but with Mamet writing the script and potentially directing, you can bet it will be provoking. With series like Hell on Wheels helping the Western make a comeback on TV, having a period-set drama in the dirt and dust of the Old West could go over with audiences.

Now that Dallas is popular again, and a new take on The Brady Bunch is on the way to TV with Vince Vaughn producing, we might see a resurgence of even more classic television getting the reboot treatment sometime down the road.

We’re not sure when Have Gun – Will Travel will begin production, but we’ll do our best to keep you posted as more information becomes available.


Source: Deadline

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  1. The involvement of David Mamet makes this a curiosity I should fulfill.

    Have Gun – Will Travel was in syndication decades after its release
    and may very well be on TV somewhere now and I saw quite a few
    episodes and remember it as one cool show due to Richard Boone.

    • It is on encore on demand.

  2. I heard A story about this TV show,it involved the bussiness cards Paladin handed out. In small print at the bottom it said ,Wire Paladin San Fransisco. This led some people to think his first name was wire. I have only seen A couple of epsodes I was 2 wene it went off the air.

  3. Could be a lot of fun

  4. Mamet has yet to disappoint, in my point. Eminem on the other hand…

    • And on point.

  5. Yet another ‘reboot’ aka remake. If you want to watch this, look on Encore’s Western channel during the day.

    More proof Hollyweird couldn’t have an original thought.

    • I am 33 and saw the show on encore. I plan on finishing all the episodes.

      I would watch a remake. It would never compare to the original. I think Eminem is a bad. I am as fan of his, but can’t see him in the role.

  6. I love this show have all the seasons!!!! Roddenberry even wrote some episodes, one involving the Paladin riding a Camel. With Mamet involved that is super wiked! Setting it in modern day, yeah, it can work. Justified is a western set in present day. Eminem, he’s not terrible.

    • If you have Comcast. Go to the premium channels and you will find almost every episode on encore. It comes free with cable.

  7. I actually have watched many of the shows. I found the show by accident. I was watching Cajun Pawn Stars, when someone brought in something to do with the show. The owner explained the premise of the show. So I checked Comcast on demand to see if they had it. I was surprised to see they not only had it, but had almost every episode. It is a great show & although I am a huge eminem fan. I can’t see him in the role. Plus he has a boxing movie he needs to film. So this show would not be on in awhile. I have seen 2/3rds of the shows. It is good. Anyone who likes westerns will love it. Encore is in the premium section of on demand. It is free if you have regular cable. It is on there till 2/28/2014. If you start watching it will be hard to stop. You can have your own mini marathon. I am 33 so it is good for all ages. They also have Gunsmoke & bonanza. Bonanza even has a lost episode. I have not watched bonanza or Gunsmoke. I want to finish have gun will travel first. Anyway, I look forward to seeing a good remake. I doubt anything could live up to the original.

  8. Love “Hell On Wheels” and if done right, this could be awesome. A nice bookend to “Vegas”. Although the new contemporary Sherlock/Watson in “Elementary” is one of my favorites, I really don’t see this done well in a contemporary setting.

    BUT MOSTLY, it will be interesting to see how true to the original premise this could be (or, if it gets done at all) with the current gun-a-phobia. Watch a rerun of this old show and see how counter it is to current social perceptions of justice, ethics, morality and of course gun-ownership. Deviating off these makes it not a “reboot”, but a “remake”.

  9. Hollywood has an atrocious track record on reboots/remakes. I, for one, will not be watching. Shows are called Classics for a reason. Leave them alone!!