(via comingsoon.net) Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, Arrival) is set to play legendary gunslinger John Henry ‘Doc’ Holliday in a new film, according to THR. 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 will be developed into a film in which Renner will star. Kevin Frakes will produce for PalmStar with Renner and Don Handfield’s The Combine.
Here are the synopsis for “Doc: A Novel” and “Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral”
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.
“We are excited to re-introduce this classic American character to a whole 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,’” Renner and Handfield said in a joint statement. Frakes added, “Jeremy Renner as Doc Holliday … f****** awesome.”