PalmStar Media has optioned a pair of novels about legendary gunslinger DOC HOLLIDAY that will be developed as a starring vehicle for two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner, who will also produce the untitled film.
PalmStar optioned Mary Doria Russell’s books Doc and Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral, which together chronicle Holliday’s life from Atlanta-based dentist to the deadly gunfighter who headed West to stand beside Wyatt Earp.
PalmStar’s Kevin Frakes will produce the film with Renner and Don Handfield, whose production company The Combine signed a first-look deal with PalmStar back in 2015. The Combine’s Philip G. Flores and Kristoffer Winters will also produce with PalmStar’s Buddy Patrick.
PalmStar is currently producing the Moe Berg movie The Catcher Was a Spy starring Paul Rudd, while The Combine’s credits include The Founder and Kill the Messenger.
Doc Holliday has previously been portrayed by Kirk Douglas, Val Kilmer and Dennis Quaid, though the ever-rugged Renner might just be the best fit to play this icon of the Old West.
Renner, who earned Oscar nominations for The Hurt Locker and The Town, will soon be seen alongside Elizabeth Olsen in the Weinstein Company’s thriller Wind River. Renner will finish filming Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War before he segues to the New Line comedy Tag. He’s represented by CAA.
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