CBS has put in development Have Gun--Will Travel, a reboot of the 1957 CBS Western drama, to be penned by writer/director/playwright David Mamet. Mamet is set to direct the potential pilot, which will be produced by CBS TV Studios. He is executive producing with agent-turned-producer Elliott Webb.Listen, I enjoyed Boone’s Have Gun--Will Travel, just as I liked his NBC Mystery Movie series, Hec Ramsey, in the 1970s. But am I desperate to see a revised version of it, when the original is easily available in DVD format? No, not any more than I was dying to see resurrections of Charlie’s Angels, or The Rockford Files, or Kojak.
Have Gun--Will Travel, whose title plays on a line commonly used in personal ads, aired on CBS from 1957 through 1963 and also spawned a successful radio version. Its producers included Frank Pierson, and one of its main writers was Gene Roddenberry who would go on to create Star Trek. Created by Sam Rolfe and Herb Meadow, Have Gun starred Richard Boone as Paladin, a top-notch gunfighter who preferred to settle problems without violence but stood his ground when provoked.
The subhead on Patrick Goldstein’s last Los Angeles Times column this week was right on the money: “Sequels, remakes, reboots. What Hollywood needs is an original thought.”