Tommy Lee Jones has always been well known in Hollywood, but in recent years the actor has been taking his talents to new heights, stepping into the writer’s, producer’s, and director’s chairs for a number of projects. The actor is now slated to begin working with Warner Bros. to bring back a John Wayne western entitled The Cowboys, which follows the story of a rancher who finds himself without a crew to man his cattle ranch and so must hire the local schoolboys to avoid bankruptcy. Jones will be writing the script and directing the film, but there has been no word as to whether or not he will be doing any acting himself.
The original film was released in 1972, becoming one of Wayne’s last major pictures. He would go on to star in another 6 films before his death in 1979. The Cowboys will joining a growing list of John Wayne remakes. Joel and Ethan Coen did a remake of True Grit back in 2010 with Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, and director John Singleton gave The Sons of Katie Elder a modernized revamp back in 2005 with Mark Wahlberg and Tyrese Gibson in Four Brothers. Whether or not Jones will be in front of the camera or not, his presence in the project should be enough to make a promising movie. His last film, The Sunset Limited, in which he directed and co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson, is now available on HBO. Jones next acting/directing project, The Homesman, is currently in post-production, but has not yet been given a release date. The Family, which stars Robert De Niro, Jones, and Michelle Pfeiffer will be hitting theaters this Friday (the 13th!!).