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Jeremy Renner to Play Doc Holliday

May 3, 2017


The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Runner is set to play legendary gunslinger John Henry “Doc” Holliday in a new film. PalmStar Media has optioned the rights to two novels from Mary Doria Russell: “Doc: A Novel’ and “Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral”, which will be adapted into a film. Kevin Frakes from PalmStar will produce with Renner and Don Handfield’s The Combine.

Here’s are the synopsis for the two novels:

DOC: A NOVEL: Born to the life of a Southern gentleman, Dr. John Henry Holliday arrives on the Texas frontier hoping that the dry air and sunshine of the West will restore him to health. Soon, with few job prospects, Doc Holliday is gambling professionally with his partner, Mária Katarina Harony, a high-strung, classically educated Hungarian whore. In search of high-stakes poker, the couple hits the saloons of Dodge City. And that is where the unlikely friendship of Doc Holliday and a fearless lawman named Wyatt Earp begins– before the gunfight at the O.K Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology– when neither man wanted fame or deserved notoriety.

EPITAPH: A NOVEL OF THE O.K CORRAL: Epitaph tells Wyatt’s real story, unearthing the Homeric tragedy buried under 130 years of mythology, misrepresentation, and sheer indifference to fact. Epic and intimate, this novel gives voice to the real men and women whose lives were changed forever by those fatal thirty seconds in Tombstone. At its heart is the woman behind the myth: Josephine Sarah Marcus, who loved Wyatt Earp for forty-nine years and who carefully chipped away at the truth until she had crafted the heroic legend that would become the epitaph her husband deserved.

Renner and Handfield said:

“We are excited to re-introduce this classic American character to a wholly new audience by chronicling Doc Holliday’s incredible transformation from average Joe dentist to a man who Wyatt Earp called the ‘nerviest, speediest, deadliest man with a six-gun [he] ever knew.'” 

Frakes said:

“Jeremy Renner as Doc Holliday… f**** awesome!”

Doc Holliday has been played in many forms by Kirk Douglas, Val Kilmer and Dennis Quaid.

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