Have Gun – Will Travel: David Mamet Developing Reboot for CBS

Have Gun – Will TravelCBS is developing a reboot of their classic Have Gun – Will Travel TV series. The original TV show ran for 225 episodes and six seasons, from 1957 until 1963.

The Western drama’s new pilot will be written and directed by writer/director/playwright David Mamet. It’ll be produced by CBS TV Studios. Mamet is executive producing the project with agent/producer Elliott Webb. Mamet previously created military drama The Unit, which ran for four seasons on CBS.

The original Have Gun – Will Travel stars Richard Boone as Paladin, a crack shot and gentleman gunfighter who prefers to settle problems without violence if possible.

This marks the second reboot that CBS has put into development in recent months. A revamp of The Brady Bunch is also in the works with Vince Vaughn as one of the producers. The network developed a remake of 1958 Western drama The Rifleman last year but the project didn’t make it to the pilot stage.

What do you think? Would you be interested in seeing a new take on this classic Western series?

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  1. Anonymous says

    Would be nice if you take your time in picking an actor who can be cool and rough when needed. The actor might make the show sometimes more than the plot.

  2. geri says

    I agree with AD. They don’t give the new shoes a fair chance. There have been some very good new shows the last few years that didn’t even run a whole season.

    I agree with AD. They don’t give the new shows enough play time to develop a following. There have been some very good shows the last few years that didn’t even get a whole seasons run before it was gone. However, I do think I would watch Have Gun, Will Travel. I love that series. I watch the reruns on cable.

  3. AD says

    I think one of the reasons for all these remakes is that the networks are not giving new shows enough time to catch on with viewers. How many one season shows have there been in the last 3 years? A lot! It seems as it doesn’t catch on quick, the show is shown the door. Also if it doesn’t catch on with that “18-49″ demographic, the show isn’t around long.

  4. Thnunumber6 says

    I’m not a big fan of doing remakes of classic shows, particularly if the original is one of my favorites, but I am interested to see what Mamet has in mind. I have to disagree with Sass E, David Mamet is one of the few people in Hollywood who does have talent. He has an impressive resume of plays and screenplays to his credit. With that in mind, I am adopting a “wait and see” attitude toward the remake of “Have Gun, Will Travel.”

  5. Sass E says

    LOL stupid remakes of classics because NO ONE HAS ENOUGH TALENT TO WRITE THEIR OWN STUFF! It’s called plagiarism…if it’s been done…why do it over? Westerns from the 60’s? Brady bunch? *sigh* I will buy dvd’s of my fav shows that go off air…and pray that some writer gets the bright idea to continue a plot that works…rather than bring back shows that died their deaths years ago…FOR A REASON…no more remakes, no more reality tv! Show us your talent….turn Patricia Cornwall’s books into a series, Alex Cross series, Maximum Ride series…..anything but the garbage you have been putting out! HIRE real writers with TALENT and engage the watcher’s brains!

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