Cowboys & Aliens Writers Sell ‘Wyatt Derp’

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09.30.11 5 Comments

When they’re not riding around town on a bicycle built for two, pulling each other in little red wagons, or drinking milkshakes with two straws, writer/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are printing money on projects like Eagle Eye, The Proposal, Fringe, Transformers, Cowboys and Aliens, Etc.. Most recently, they sold a pitch to Fox for a film about Wyatt Earp, a subject Hollywood hasn’t touched in nearly six weeks.

Written by The Shield alum John Hlavin, the project is described as a Western that tells the origins of Wyatt Earp, chronicling both the well-known incidents in his life such as the Gunfight at the OK Corral and lesser-known details of Earp and his brothers bringing order to a lawless frontier. [Deadline]

So… would that be “lesser-known” to people who haven’t seen Wyatt Earp, or people who haven’t seen Tombstone? Of course, this isn’t the only Wyatt Earp project in town. Back in March, I told you about The First Ride of Wyatt Earp, in which Val Kilmer plays the lead. Then in April, I told you about a spec script Warner Bros bought called Wild Guns. What was that one about again?

Described as having shades of Tombstone and Sherlock Holmes, the story is  set shortly after the Civil War and follows legendary gunslingers Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. The duo team-up to rescue the daughter of Sitting Bull, who has been kidnapped by a powerful Shaman with mysterious powers who is terrorizing the Western plains. [THR]

So look out Kurtzman and Orci, all I’m saying is that you’ve got competition. I just hope you know a good velociraptor guy.

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Vince Mancini is a writer, comedian, and podcaster. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator.

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