CBS is reviving a classic TV Western that first went on the air in the 1950s, part of a recent surge in Western-themed television projects, Deadline.com reports.
The classic 1958 Western "The Rifleman" will be the basis for the new drama project bought by CBS, with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” director Chris Columbus set to direct, the story reports.
The original show, created by Sam Peckinpah and starring Chuck Connors, ran for five seasons on ABC and focused on an 1880s widower who lived with his son on a ranch and was handy with a Winchester rifle. Like the original, the reboot tracks Civil War hero Lucas McCain and is set in New Mexico territory, the story says.
CBS TV Studios and Carol Mendelsohn Productions are producing, while 101-year-old Arthur Gardner, one of the producers of the original show, will executive produce the reboot, the story says.
Other networks have also been drawn to Western projects lately, the story notes, with Fox developing a show about Wyatt Earp and NBC working on a project set in the 1880s. ABC is developing two Westerns, “Hangtown” and “Gunslinger,” and AMC recently premiered “Hell on Wheels.”