Earlier this summer, the failure of "Cowboys & Aliens" to become a major box office hit was used as proof that audiences aren't interested in westerns anymore. However, AMC has a western debuting this fall called "Hell on Wheels" and now Fox may have a western of its own… from the screenwriters of "Cowboys & Aliens."
According to Deadline, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing an untitled western pilot at Fox that will follow the life the legendary lawman, Wyatt Earp and his brothers as they attempt to bring law & order to the rugged frontier. John Hlavin ("The ShIeld") is writing the project and he will executive produce the potential series alongside Kurtzman and Orci for 20th Century Fox TV.
The historical Wyatt Earp became a cultural icon within his own lifetime thanks to his exploits in famous incidents like the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral that gave him a reputation as one of the "toughest and deadliest" gunmen of the era. Earp's fame has extended well past his death, with numerous Hollywood adaptations including the 1994 "Wyatt Earp" film starring Kevin Costner (pictured above), "Tombstone," "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," "My Darling Clementine" and dozens of others.
Kurtzman and Orci are longtime collaborators who co-created "Fringe" and co-wrote the screenplays for the first two "Transformers" films, "Mission Impossible III," "The Island" and "The Legend of Zorro." Prior to that, both men worked together on "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," "Xena: Warrior Princess" and "Alias."
In addition to "Fringe," Kurtzman and Orci are also executive producing the "Hawaii Five-0" reboot and the duo also have a comedy project in development at CBS.
As for other TV westerns, NBC is developing an untitled Western from Kerry Ehrin and Sean Hayes while ABC has Ron Moore's "Hangman" and David Zabel's "Gunslinger."
Which TV western will be the first to follow "Hell on Wheels"? Are you interested in the new Wyatt Earp series from Kurtzman and Orci? Let us know in the comment section below!