EXCLUSIVE: The classic spaghetti Western that helped launch Clint Eastwood’s career looks to be getting the TV treatment as we are hearing Mark Gordon Pictures is developing A Fistful of Dollars as a series. The company has acquired rights to the 1964 film as well as Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 samurai epic, Yojimbo, upon which the Eastwood film was based. We are also hearing Game of Thrones scribe Bryan Cogman is in talks to adapt the series.
Yojimbo and its shot-for-shot remake A Fistful of Dollars tell the story of a wandering stranger, “the Man With No Name,” who comes to a town riddled with violence and uses wit and skill to trick the town’s competing gangs into destroying each other.
The series will pull from this source material for an original, contemporary retelling of the story.
While Yojimbo stands on its own as another Kurosawa master class in filmmaking, A Fistful of Dollars not only launched Eastwood’s film career, but he also would go on to reprise the role in other iconic Westerns For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Mark Gordon Pictures has an existing deal with eOne, under which they continue to acquire, develop and produce an expansive slate of projects spanning multiple genres and mediums.