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Doc Holliday HBO series in development

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Monday, November 21, 2011

At his best, Akiva Goldsman can write screenplays that win Oscars (A Beautiful Mind). At his worst, we get Batman skating on ice wearing body armor with nipples (Batman & Robin).

I'm hoping for the best with Goldsman's untitled Doc Holliday HBO TV series, a project that was just set up at the cable channel. Goldsman just signed a two-year exclusive deal with HBO, so this could be the first in a couple of projects we hear about.

Goldsman won't be writing the pilot episode for the Doc Holliday series; that job falls to Accepted screenwriters Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. They'll be basing their story from a recently published novel by Mary Doria Russell called Doc, which paints a more dramatic picture of the old west dentist made famous for his involvement with Wyatt Earp and the shootout at the OK Corral.

Russell's Doc book draws Holliday as a tragic figure, a young man wracked with the pain suffered by tuberculosis and who was unfortunately thrust into danger. Instead of making Doc Holliday an imposing figure like the way he was portrayed in Tombstone by Val Kilmer, Russell chooses to say that it was the storytellers and rumormongers of the time that made Holliday into a fearsome individual.

Ron Howard, the director of A Beautiful Mind and Goldsman's partner on their Dark Tower movie/TV show projects, will also serve as an executive producer on the Doc Holliday show. The two began working on this latest collaboration when drawing plans for The Dark Tower, which also was under consideration as a TV show on HBO.

-Deadline.

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