Akiva Goldsman has signed a two-year exclusive overall deal with HBO with the first project being an untitled Western drama series about Doc Holliday reports Deadline.
The show will be inspired by Mary Doria Russell’s critically praised novel Doc which is set before the consumption-riddled sidekick of Wyatt Earp interpretation we’re used to seeing in films such as Val Kilmer’s acclaimed portrayal in “Tombstone”.
Instead Holliday is seen here as an educated Southern gentleman and dentist by trade, thrust into the cruel and violent world of the Old West. The series will also feature the unexplored love triangle between Holliday, his prostitute wife Kate, and his best friend Wyatt Earp.
Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (“Accepted”) will write the script and will executive produce with Goldsman and Kerry Foster. Ron Howard is attached to direct the potential pilot.