I love this news: Salma Hayek has teamed up with uber-producer Lauren Shuler Donner to reboot the classic Western 'The Cisco Kid' for CBS.
CBS officially picked up a new script for the project, described as a modern-day reboot of the classic Western. Chad Damiani and J.P. Lavin ('How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack') wrote the new script that CBS purchased. Damiani and Lavin are also attached as supervising producers on the project.
Hayek and Donner first developed the project last year with Diego Gutierrez ('The Shield') on board as writer, but the project never gained traction. Now, Hayek (who is best known for her acting but also produced the feature 'Frida' and the television series 'Ugly Betty') is back with a revamped vision of the 1907 property. Hayek certainly has the muscle to push the project through: Donner has been producing high-profile feature films since the early 1980s, with her credits including 'St. Elmo's Fire,' 'Pretty in Pink,' 'Radio Flyer,' 'Free Willy,' 'You've Got Mail,' 'Any Given Sunday,' 'Constantine' and the entire 'X-Men' franchise of seven feature films.
'The Cisco Kid' is a Western character first found in an O. Henry short story called "The Caballero's Way," way back in 1907. The character quickly took root in American consciousness, spawning a series of radio stories and comic books. In the 1950s, a television series called 'The Cisco Kid' was produced, lasting six years. In 1994, the character reappeared on television in a TV movie of same name, this time starring Jimmy Smits.
The new take is described as the classic story of a handsome outlaw and his faithful sidekick as a sexy, multicultural, action-packed show. The story centers on Cisco, a dishonorably discharged Marine, as he returns to L.A. for his father’s funeral and learns that his father was actually the mythical Cisco Kid, who helped the downtrodden and disenfranchised who had been let down by the system. Cisco and his best friend, Dan, join the remaining members of his father’s team and take the mantel of the Cisco Kid, vowing to find justice for those who can’t find it anywhere else.
As one of the oldest Latino characters in American history, I am excited that this particular reboot is coming our way. With Hayek and Donner behind it, I would expect some strong casting to follow shortly.