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HBO to Produce Doc Holiday Western Series

By Jacob Klein on Nov 22, 2011 to Doc Holliday

Deadwood fans rejoice!   HBO will be back in the saddle soon with an all new series focused on the imfamous Doc Holliday of US western lore.  Ron Howard is said to be directing the project with no word yet on who will eventually wear the black hat.  The project is said to be in the extremely early stages so we probably won’t see a premiere date that falls within 2012.

In case you aren’t familiar with Mr. Holiday’s antics here’s a brief summary from Wikipedia:

John Henry “Doc” Holliday (August 14, 1851 – November 8, 1887) was an American gamblergunfighter and dentist of the American Old West, who is usually remembered for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and his involvement in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. The legend and mystique of his life is so great that he has been mentioned in several books, and portrayed by various actors in numerous movies and television series. For the 100-plus years since his death, debate has continued about the exact crimes he may have committed during his life.”

Akiva Goldsman, the writer of the new series is credited with penning the feature film versions of Dan Brown’s novels including The Da Vinci Code.  Hes also won the Academy Award for writing A Beautiful Mind in 2001. We’ll let you know when we know more about the new Doc Holiday series coming to HBO!

  • Quest

    Nobody will ever live up to the Val Kilmer Doc…..

  • Johnston Babcock

    I thought it (the HBO series) was based upon the book by Mary Doria Russell?

    • Jef Dinsmore

      I think it is a moot point because this must be a dead deal for HBO if we haven’t heard anything about it since 2011.

  • Doc

    I hope that if this project becomes a reality they don`t use a picture of John Escapule and spell his name Holiday !!! JS

  • Soomei Muyoku

    Any news further on this? I would love to see a Doc Holliday tv series!

  • Angie

    It has been a year now. Is there any updates to be had? The natives are getting restless.

    • Jef Dinsmore

      You are correct in stating there has been no news on this concept. I would think it is safe to say that this particular idea is a dead deal. But, if something surfaces we will get it posted.

  • Angie

    I am very excited about the Doc Holliday series. Do you have an ETA for the show yet? Only one request. Please do Doc justice. He is my favorite historical figure. Thanks!!

    • Jef

      Nothing much to announce at this time ecpect that Ron Howard is now attached to direct the pilot at least. No castinghas been announced.

  • Dan

    Any update available on this series??

    • Hey Dan,

      It’s still being written but once casting/filming begins we’ll know more! Sorry I couldn’t give ya more, we’re all excited too!


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