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August 21, 2012 6:59 PM
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David Mamet Rebooting Western Series 'Have Gun - Will Travel' at CBS

David Mamet on the set of 2008's 'Redbelt' Sony Pictures Classics
Playwright, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, essayist and occasional angry person David Mamet has a new TV project in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS has made a script deal with Mamet for a reboot of the 1957-1963 Western "Have Gun - Will Travel."

The original series was created by Sam Rolfe and Herb Meadow and starred Richard Boone as the San Francisco gunfighter Paladin, who had high-class taste but was still a total badass despite a slightly frou-frou taste for chess symbolism. "Have Gun - Will Travel" ran for 225 episodes, one of which was written by Sam Peckinpah, and 24 of which were written by "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry. A potential movie remake has been bouncing around in development for a while, first with John Travolta attached to star and later Eminem.

Mamet will serve as writer and executive producer on the reboot, and he'll direct a pilot if one's ordered. Elliott Webb is also serving as an executive producer.

This isn't Mamet's first venture into television -- he created and served as a writer and executive producer on military drama "The Unit," which ran on CBS from 2006-2009. Mamet also wrote an episode of "Hill Street Blues" and wrote and directed HBO's upcoming Phil Spector movie starring Al Pacino as the infamous producer.

Here's a look at the opening sequence for the original "Have Gun - Will Travel":

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  • Sandra Milliner | August 21, 2012 10:51 PMReply

    David Mamet doing a western is such wonderful news. Exciting to see westerns are coming back again!