Eminem to star in Have Gun - Will Travel film remake
Rap star Eminem is set to test his acting chops again in a film update to the popular 1960s-era TV western Have Gun — Will Travel.
Paramount Pictures has extended an 18-month option on the hit TV series to develop it as a film for the Detroit rapper, industry trade paper Daily Variety said Tuesday.
Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, is committed to and excited about the role, a spokesperson for Interscope Records told the Associated Press.
According to Daily Variety, the post Civil War-era western will be updated to contemporary times, with Eminem starring not as the show's original gunslinger-for-hire, but as a bounty hunter.
The Grammy Award-winning rapper won critical acclaim for his film debut in the semi-autobiographical 8 Mile, released in 2002. The soundtrack also garnered Eminem an Oscar.
It's expected Eminem will also be involved in producing a soundtrack for the Have Gun — Will Travelfilm.
Character a medieval court inspiration
The half-hour, black-and-white TV series, which ran from 1957-1963, depicted an educated gunslinger-for-hire living in a San Francisco hotel. The character dubbed himself Paladin, after the legendary officers of Charlemagne's medieval court.
Unlike other archetypical, pretty-boy cowboy herosof the era, Paladin was portrayed as a growling, pock-marked anti-hero by actor Richard Boone, who scored two Emmy Award nominations.
Though some considered Have Gun — Will Travel violent, many critics considered Paladin a refreshing, intelligent, layeredcreation: a cultured justice-seeker who in the midst of a gunfight would quote Shakespeare, Shelley or Aristotle.
The Ballad of Paladin, the theme song for the series, also became a hit single in the early 1960s.