Rolling Stone reported Thursday that Fox Television CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman announced (at at the summer edition of the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles) a TV version of “Urban Cowboy,” the 1980 film with John Travolta and Debra Winger.
It will be shot in Austin.
The show was created by “Hustle & Flow” director Craig Brewer and Fox is shooting for a summer or fall 2016 release date.
Deadline Hollywood has a lot more details, reporting that Mexican actor/singer Alfonso Herrera of “Sense8” fame has been given the Travolta (more or less) role.
From the Deadline piece: “He is an extremely popular rodeo circuit rider who is a puppet for the drug cartel, forced to flee Mexico after ticking off the wrong people. Now, with a price on his head, he and his sister make their way to Houston, given sanctuary by his Uncle Al, also an illegal immigrant who has made a life for himself in the United States. He’s a cosmopolitan, modern guy who has drank (sic) the best tequila, danced at the hottest clubs in Mexico and he still has a lot of play left in him, but knows it’s time to forge a new future, find new dreams.”
No word if Explosions in the Sky is going to contribute, inspirationally or otherwise, to the soundtrack, but man, that would be hilarious. [Cue man or woman, slow motion on mechanical bull, while “Your Hand in Mine” plays in the background.]