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Gunsmoke – The studio wants Pitt

Posted by LiveFor on February 5, 2010

Back in August last year was the small piece of news that the old TV show, Gunsmoke, was being made into a feature film. It was a little story, just the beginning of a project, although big for the fans of the original show.

Turns out that the studio, CBS Films, want this to be a very big deal as it looks as if they are after some big names to fill those boots. The original show starred James Arness, but a number of names have been mentioned to be in the running for the role of Marshal Matt Dillon.

The LA Times have said that Brad Pitt is the top contender and he has the benefit of having done a spot on turn in the Western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Another name on the list is Ryan Reynolds who is going on to bigger and better things with Green Lantern.

Time to say “Whoa!” a moment as all of this is just a list. As far as I can tell there is nothing definite and the film still has to find a director.

Personally I think they should go totally meta with it and get the actor Matt Dillon to play Marshall Matt Dillon. Imagine the punnage and funny looks to the camera. Oh the comedy. No, just me. Let us move quickly on.

Dillon is the Western hero charged with maintaining law and order in a period Kansas town filled with colorful vagrants, misfits and desperadoes. He carries on in these adventures with the help of town physician Doc Adams and tavern owner Miss Kitty Russell.

A few other actors are apparently in the running, but I feel this could be a lot of talk from the studio at the moment to drum up interest for what they want to be a big film.

Gregory Poirier (National Treasure: Book of Secrets) has written a draft of the Gunsmoke feature script, which the studio is said to like.

CBS Films wants to contemporize the look and feel of Gunsmoke while maintaining the period American West setting. I’ve never seen the original so I am not too sure what the set up of the show was like or what to expect with a remake.

Are you a fan of the original series? Do you want to see a film based on it and who do you want to play Marshall Matt Dillon.

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