Read the Screenplay for Tombstone

 

Click here to read the entire Tombstone screenplay by Kevin Jarre.

True West Magazine published a great article about Tombstone:  The Tombstone that Might Have Been - Taking a look at some of the winning and losing idiosyncrasies of Kevin Jarre’s original script. 

Long before the 1993 movie Tombstone was produced, the screenplay by Kevin Jarre had gotten the attention of a great many people.

Everybody who read the script was familiar with the  characters in it and the mythical framework of the story. How could they  not be? Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Earp’s brothers Virgil and Morgan,  Johnny Behan, the Clantons and the McLaurys, and the events that led up  to the gunfight behind the O.K. Corral had been worked and reworked in  every conceivable manner, by masters and by hacks. The story has been  gripping the imagination of filmmakers since the early 1930s, only a few  years after Wyatt’s death. It has been used to create myths and to  debunk them.

But Jarre was able to reach deep inside that story and  turn it into an operatic epic, more colorful and grander than anyone  before him, including John Ford. He did it by recognizing and respecting  the facts with uncanny accuracy. That’s not a small thing.

Click here to read the entire article....

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