“Urban Cowboy” reboot to be shot in Austin

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.

In the remake, this dude will be Latino.
In the remake, this dude will be Latino.

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.

Alfonso Herrera.
Alfonso Herrera.

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.]

Author: Joe Gross

Joe Gross has covered books, movies, music and culture for the American-Statesman since 2002. He tweets at @joegross.

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