CBS Takes Aim At ‘The Rifleman’

Chris Columbus plans a remake of the classic western TV series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

After "Hell on Wheels" debuted with big numbers for AMC, it was inevitable that the broadcast networks would quickly jump on that trend. And for its first western in years, CBS is planning a new spin on a very old series.

According to Vulture, Chris Columbus and CBS are developing a new version of "The Rifleman;" which originated as series on ABC from 1958 to 1963. In the first version of "The Rifleman," former professional athlete turned actor, Chuck Connors starred as Lucas McCain, a widowed Civil War veteran who became famous for his prowess with a modified Winchester Model 1892 riffle.

McCain also attempting to raise his young son, Mark (Johnny Crawford) despite being frequently pressed into service to protect the town of North Fork by Marshall Micah Torrance (Paul Fix). Presumably those relationships will be retained in the new iteration of the series.

Sam Peckinpah created "The Rifleman" before going on to purse a career in features by directing films including the original "Straw Dogs" and "The Wild Bunch."

Columbus is best known for directing the first two "Harry Potter" films,as well as "Home Alone" and "Aventures in Babysitting." Columbus also wrote the cult classic films, "Gremlins," "The Goonies" and "Young Sherlock Holmes."

For "The Rifleman," Columnus is slated to direct the pilot episode from a script by Patrick Lussier ("Drive") and Laeta Kalogridis ("Shutter Island").


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