Oscar-winning producer Akiva Goldsman has signed a two-year contract with HBO and is already working on his first project with them. It’s not his first foray into TV; he was the co-writer and producer of Fox’s Fringe.
Goldsman will be executive producing a series on Doc Holliday, the famous gunslinger. Generally, Holliday is portrayed as a sidekick to Wyatt Earp. However, unlike most takes on the old cowboy, Goldsman’s show will focus on the love triangle between Holliday, his prostitute wife Kate Elder, and his best friend Earp. Holliday will have his first go-round as center character.
Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (both of Accepted) are penning the script, and Ron Howard (Angels and Demons) is set to direct the pilot.
Goldsman and Howard are working together currently on an adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, which is looking to be a trilogy extended by a TV series. They’ve worked together many times in the past, including on the movie that won Goldsman his Oscar (A Beautiful Mind, 2001.)
Goldsman has adored HBO for years, especially since his current obsession is Game of Thrones.
“What I love about HBO is that storytelling seems to be king and that genre seems to be almost irrelevant,” he said. Seems that the production company will be a good match for him.