Friday, August 25, 2017

Reboot For "The Rifleman" ?

Thanks to the popularity of AMC airing the Wild West TV series "The Rifleman" (Four Star/ABC) (1958-63), starring Chuck Connors as 'Lucas McCain', a reboot of the series as a TV movie continues in development, focusing on adult 'Mark McCain', son of 'Lucas McCain', who reluctantly takes up his late father's proficiency with a gun:

In the original series, Civil War hero McCain, a sharpshooter and widower with a haunted past, moves to the territory of 'North Fork' to raise his son.. 

There, he joins forces with the fatherly 'Marshal Micah Torrance', to protect his new town and become its unofficial guardian.

Sam Peckinpah ("The Wild Bunch") creator of the series, wrote and directed episodes for the first season of "The Rifleman", starring his favorite actors Dennis Hopper and Warren Oates, usually letting the bad guys get away with a stern scolding, after they burn down a homestead or drag Lucas face down in the dirt tied to a horse.

Peckinpah,  insisting on violent realism and complex characterizations... well as his refusal to sugarcoat the lessons he felt the Rifleman's son needed to learn about life...

...soon put him at odds with the show's producers at Four Star and he left the show, creating the series "The Westerner" and directing the western feature "Major Dundee", followed by the classic "The Wild Bunch".

The trick feature of The Rifleman's 'Winchester' rifle was a screw pin attached to the large loop lever, positioned to trip the trigger when the ring was slammed home, allowing Lucas to rapid-fire like a semi-automatic rifle.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Rifleman"...