Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
The Making Of The West Wing
Subscribe To Empire Today
Save money and get 12 issues for only £25
Go Think Big
Helping young people achieve their career dreams
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Official Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Arrives
Tony and the assembled heroes face a techno-threat
Carell And Kaufman Share IQ 83
Dumbing down for a sci-fi satire
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
16 October 2014
First Trailer For In The Heart Of The Sea
The only whaling ship is Essex
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
In The Heart Of The Sea
13 March 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Emperor (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Rush (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Lincoln (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Hope Springs (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Men In Black 3 (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Tommy Lee Jones To Remake The Cowboys
Walking a mile in John Wayne's boots

06 September 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman is only just in post-production at Luc Besson's Europacorp, but it seems that the actor/director is of a mind to stay in Western territory. Warner Bros. have just announced that Jones is now developing a remake of The Cowboys, the 1972 film that starred The Duke himself, John Wayne.

The original, directed by Mark Rydell, was one of Wayne's final films, made only four years before his death. It co-starred Bruce Dern and Western stalwart Slim Pickens, but the cowboys of the title are the schoolkids that Wayne reluctantly recruits for a cattle drive. As the journey progresses, the boys learn to become men - as long as your definition of "becoming a man" is "learning to fight". The film spun off into a short-lived TV series in 1974.

The Homesman aside, Jones is of course no stranger to the Western, having starred in the classic mini-series Lonesome Dove, Ron Howard's The Missing, and modern-day variations like the Coen Brothers' No Country For Old Men and his own The Three Burials Of Melquidas Estrada. He also attempted for some years to get a film of Cormac McCarthy's brutal Blood Meridian on screen.

It's not yet clear whether Jones himself will be starring in The Cowboys or just taking a behind-the-camera role, but the gruff frontiersman with the soft centre seems like a perfect fit for him. Maybe there's scope for Bruce Dern to make a reappearance too.

Lynn Harris (Seven, Magnolia, Blade) is overseeing this for Warners, and the project is still officially in development, so there's no start date quite yet.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Moomins To Star In First Feature Film
Tove Jansson's trolls head for French Riviera
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

Three Burials is one of the great underrated films of the last few decades. It got good reviews, granted, but nobody ever talks about it. Brilliant film. More

Posted by UTB at 17:27 on 06 September 2013 | Report This Post

I'm sold, it's about time we had a more traditional western. Tommy Lee Jones is a perfect fit and I'd suggest Sam Rockwell in the Bruce Dern role. More

Posted by jezburg at 16:13 on 06 September 2013 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The 12 Apps Every Film Fan Needs On Their Smartphone
The handheld essentials to enhance your movie life

Empire Meets Jason Bateman And Tina Fey
The stars of This Is Where I Leave You hang out

The Scariest Film Of The Year? Jennifer Kent On The Babadook
The director talks us through her terrifying new film

10 Horror Spin-Offs We Want To See
After Annabelle, what other supporting characters deserve their own film?

Documentaries: What Happened Next
We track down and interview the stars of great non-fiction films

Your Introductory Guide To That DC Movie Slate
Suicide Squad? Cyborg? Aquaman? We explain who’s who in the DC Universe

Captain America 3, Iron Man And Civil War: Where Next For The Marvel Cinematic Universe?
What to make of today's Marvel news

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)