Tommy Lee Jones
is eager to get behind the camera and is heading out West again to remake Mark Rydell’s 1972 movie The Cowboys
, which starred John Wayne.
After The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
, Jones is set to return to the western genre for a second big-screen directing gig, updating one of The Duke’s most beloved films.
Wayne, who would’ve turned 105 on May 26th, said about his role,
In this one, I play a 60-year-old rancher with eleven kids under my wing and I try to get all through a cattle drive.
The original also starred Bruce Dern and followed a rancher who is forced to assemble a group of novice ranch hands for a 400 mile cattle drive.
Warner Bros. is on board to develop the remake, with Donald De Line
(Pain & Gain) stepping in as producer.
Jones showed perfect western sensibilities in The Missing, No Country for Old Men
and even films like The Fugitive
and U.S. Marshals
. Let’s see what he has in his pockets now and who he gets to update Dern’s villain.
Jones will soon be seen alongside Robert De Niro in The Family
, and he also wrote, directed and stars in the upcoming The Homesman
Check out the ridiculously long original film’s trailer.