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Tommy Lee Jones developing remake of John Wayne's The Cowboys

Three Burials

Story by Jack Foley

TOMMY Lee Jones is to write and direct a remake of John Wayne’s 1972 Western The Cowboys.

According to Variety, the remake would follow the same story as the original, which followed a rancher as he is forced to train a group of young boys and get herd to market on time to avoid financial ruin after his cattle drivers leave to look for gold.

The film was notable for being one of the few films in which Wayne died on-screen. It also starred Bruce Dern.

It is not yet known whether Jones will take a role in the film and step into the saddle vacated by the late Wayne.

But the actor is a fan of the Western genre, having starred in Ron Howard’s The Missing and the classic mini-series Lonesome Dove.

He also directed a modern Western of sorts in his directorial debut, Three Burials.

Jones will next be seen in post-World War II historical drama Emperor alongside Matthew Fox and The Family with Robert De Niro.

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