Skip to main content

View Diary: Book Club: Lonesome Dove (137 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Also (0+ / 0-)

    it is interesting to note McMurtry first wrote the story for a film starring John Wayne as Call, Jimmy Stewart as Gus, and Henry Fonda as Jake, directed by Peter Bogdanovich. It's probably fortunate for everyone involved that the original project fell through, especially for Duvall who was so absolutely riveting.

    From Wikipedia

    McMurtry originally developed the tale in 1972 for a feature film entitled The Streets of Laredo (a title later used for the sequel), which would have been directed by Peter Bogdanovich and would have starred James Stewart as Augustus McCrae, John Wayne as W.F. Call, and Henry Fonda as Jake Spoon. But plans fell through when Wayne turned it down, leading Stewart to back out, and the project was eventually shelved. Ten years later McMurtry resurrected the screenplay as a full-length novel, which became a bestseller and won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

    And when he came back to, he was flat on his back on the beach in the freezing sand, and it was raining out of a low sky, and the tide was way out. --DFW

    by klingman on Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 02:14:06 AM PST

    [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site