Ron Moore To Remake The Wild Wild West For CBS

Veteran Star Trek writer/producer Ron Moore has once again been tasked to reboot a classic TV show for a modern audience. The man who rebooted Battlestar Galactica is now headed to the old west to remake The Wild Wild West for CBS. More details below. 


CBS looks to Trek Vets To Revamp Wild Wild West

CBS is once again bringing back a classic show for a modern audience. This time it is the action-adventure Western The Wild Wild West, which originally ran for four seasons from 1965-1969. According to Deadline CBS is currently in negotiations with Star Trek vet Ron Moore (who also successfully rebooted the Battlestar franchise) to bring revamp The Wild Wild West for a 21st century audience. Moore will be joined by former CSI exec producer Naren Shankar, who also worked with Moore as a science consultant and story editor on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. Shankar and Moore are writing and executive producing the remake of The Wild Wild West. The original series focused on two secret service agents in the post Civil War west.

Artemus Gorden (Ross Martin) and James West (Robert Conrad) in "The Wild Wild West")

Along with Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci’s successful revamp of Hawaii Five-0, this is the second year in a row that CBS has looked to writer/producers who had worked in the Star Trek franchise to help redo their classic properties. Hopefully someday soon CBS will look to bring Star Trek back to the small screen.

Speaking of crossovers between Star Trek and The Wild Wild West, both shows ran concurrently. This means that both shared many of the same guest actors. Here is a video from YouTube showing the Trek/Wild Wild West crossovers.



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November 11, 2010 5:18 pm

Well, as long as we don’t get a peek at Will Smiths pecker in the opening credits, it might be worth a look…

November 11, 2010 5:28 pm

Don’t. Just don’t.

Trek Or Treat
November 11, 2010 5:33 pm

Well I never saw the classic show, but I think if Ron Moore’s involved, it has a good shot.

Steve T. in NY
November 11, 2010 5:33 pm

Oh please do it.. 5 O is pretty damn good.. I could imagine that Wild, Wild West could be great with the right casting.. Now who to play West and Gordon.. The world wonders…

November 11, 2010 5:41 pm

I liked the BSG remake, the V remake, and the Star Trek reboot. Didn’t care for the Kolchak remake, the Knight Rider reboot, the Bionic Woman reboot or the Will Smith WWW remake. I’ll give this a look to satisfy my curiosity.

November 11, 2010 5:44 pm

Just as long as it’s nothing like the Will Smith movie, I may give it a look. But, c’mon, another remake….

November 11, 2010 5:49 pm

The corporate idea gas tank is finally on empty out there, ain’t it?

November 11, 2010 5:52 pm

I think the Will Smith movie would have worked if it was set in modern times not in the 1860’s. Robert Conrad could have played the President for a nice tie in.
Instead we got possibly one of the worst movies ever made.

November 11, 2010 5:55 pm

Nathan Fillion as West
and Alan Tudyk as Gordon

Now I’d definitely watch that reboot!

November 11, 2010 5:59 pm


I remember reading an article back around that time that said Conrad was asked to cameo in the movie but turned them down, saying it was garbage.

Good man.

November 11, 2010 6:02 pm

Uhhh….9 has a good idea. I used to come home from school every afternoon to great re-runs of Wild Wild West. Next to Star Trek it’s one of my all time favorites. Bring it back Ron but please do it right.

November 11, 2010 6:17 pm

So what does this mean for James Cawley’s WWW plans?

November 11, 2010 6:22 pm

I want to see West and Gordon’s archenemy, Miguelita Loveless. She should be a dwarf, just like Michael Dunn was.

November 11, 2010 6:37 pm

I expect that James will continue on with his version of TWWW, just like he hasn’t quit making TOS shows since the new movie.

November 11, 2010 6:40 pm

I don’t think I could have less interest in this project. I’m sure Moore will do a good job, but will anyone care?

Thomas Jensen
November 11, 2010 7:03 pm

What now? Artemus Gorden a woman?

November 11, 2010 7:07 pm

I love the original series and I welcome a new version of it, but having witnessed Moore’s prior work, I’m not convinced he can handle the humor that is needed to make the show work.

November 11, 2010 7:10 pm

Have we learned nothing from Brisco County Jr and Firefly? Obvious sci-fi westerns don’t last on TV.


…I don’t know, maybe this time it will. It does have brand recognizability on it’s side.

I think it largely depends on the quality of the final product and proper promotion.

The Keeper
November 11, 2010 7:15 pm

If Moore is consistent, West is troubled and Gordon was in jail. Both will be at each others’ throats and struggle with suicide. Isn’t that what Moore’s BSG was all about?

James Cawley
November 11, 2010 7:20 pm

It will be just another reboot, with only a slight resemblance to the original.
In order for this to appeal to a new modern audience they will completely re work it…. sigh.
I still plan on doing ours this January.

November 11, 2010 7:37 pm

This better have giant spiders.

Erik Parrent
November 11, 2010 8:09 pm

James – Looking forward to it!

November 11, 2010 8:20 pm


Mr. Cawley, is there some way we can have you placed in charge of Viacom… or at least Paramount? :D

Gene L Coon was a U. S. Marine. Stand at ease.
November 11, 2010 8:33 pm

Ahem…another Gene L. Coon show!

Happy Belated Marine Corps Birthday, Mr. Coon. Having a beer with Chesty in Heaven’s scenes, no doubt.

Chris Miles
November 11, 2010 8:58 pm

I’m with comment 9 above. (Sorry, I can’t in good conscience type S*bok)

Nathan Fillion rocked and Firefly was all too brief.(Even if it did poke fun at the Federation) –

He would make a great James West.

So help me, if Moore makes it too dark, I’m gone. (and I was a Galactica fan… that is until the lest ep)

As an aside, it will be interesting to see where the Galactica Universe goes now that David Eick has the next series

Mister Cawley- Nice to see you checking in here. Looking forward to your next Phase 2 release.

La Violetta
November 11, 2010 9:24 pm

Captain Cawley, I will totally watch yours. I have far more faith in it than I ever would in a WWW reboot at Moore’s hands. Keep up the good work making internet a medium for enjoyable entertainment.

Captain Robert April
November 11, 2010 9:35 pm

I think Letterman was right. CBS is deciding its lineup by looking at an old TV Guide from 1968.

That being said, I’ll give Ron the benefit of the doubt for now. He’s enough of a fanboy that I think he has it in him to do the old show justice.

Still eagerly awaiting Mr. Cawley’s version, as well, but all in all, this is not necessarily a bad thing.

How long before they bring back “Gunsmoke”?

November 11, 2010 10:01 pm

Well, I may be the odd one out, but I liked the movie version of WWW!

November 11, 2010 10:15 pm

A Ron Moore “Wild, Wild, West”; Jim West will be an alcoholic woman named Jamie West, and Artemis Gordon will be revealed to be a cyborg by the end of the show.

And I almost forgot; Loveless will have issues with his mother (whom he’ll see and talk to in his head)! ; )

I kid; actually Ron Moore’s BSG is one of favorite shows. It broke new ground in space opera and was pitch perfect in execution. But I just don’t think “WWW” really has an audience these days; it’s a dry well IMO.

Ron Moore; please devote your considerable talents to a more worthy story, OK? Think long and carefully before you commit to something.

November 11, 2010 10:21 pm

I have a feeling this remake won’t make it past the pilot stage, just like last year’s abandoned “Rockford Files” remake.

Remakes are high risk these days, with BSG the only clear success story.
I”ll be surprised if CBS green-lights another remake for next season.

Even “Hawaii Five-O” has been only a modest success (it’s now losing its timeslot to ABC’s “Castle”, something CBS can’t be happy about.) Although I thought this week’s “Danno’s ex partner is killed” episode was its best yet: good actual police work, and it actually addressed the mole in HPD that we heard about a few weeks earlier.

November 12, 2010 12:42 am

#21 Amorican

Do you know anything about spiders?

November 12, 2010 3:11 am

Wow, someone went to a lot of work for that video mash-up. Great work!

November 12, 2010 3:15 am

iirc the talarian hook spider has legs half a meter long

that 5-0 ep was terrible

November 12, 2010 4:24 am

I’ll give it a shot! If it’s a done I. A funky, steampunk kind of style, it could be great fun! I’m not sure if the original’s had much mainstream screentime here in the UK! Growing up in the 1980s, it’s the sort of show I’d have embraced if it had been in evidence. Didn’t bother with the Will Smith incarnation, so I have no axe to grind about this version.

Ron Moore managed to make a Galactica that was wildly different from, yet hugely faithful to, the original. WWW ought to be in with a shot!

My other hope is that Blood & Chrome will do well and become the basis of a Galactica big screen franchise rather than all that Singer/Larson remake rubbish!

November 12, 2010 4:29 am

I hope it has the charm and fun of the original. Plus the great style and music. I fear not though. Ah, my childhood.

November 12, 2010 5:46 am

Have to roll my eyes at Ron Moore being involved in yet another remake. The guy has made a career out of remaking other people’s work. I would think at some point he might want to man up and create something himself. Of course, when he’s tried they’ve all failed, but still.

November 12, 2010 5:53 am

OMG. I absolutely LOVED WWW as a youth. It was the perfect blend of adventure, brawn, basket (you know what I mean) and pseudo-scifi. If Ron Moore is involved in a reboot, it will totally work. Bring. It. On.

crypter crypter crypter
November 12, 2010 6:00 am

Deadwood meets Human Target

This could work, BUT doubt it on network tv.

This is one of those shows I grew up on…Star Trek, Lost in Space, and The Wild Wild West (no comma)

November 12, 2010 6:16 am

Spoke to Barbara Luna at a convention once about her crossover. She was helping to free her enslaved people or something in that episode. She remembered it and was surprised I knew it and was talking about Wild Wild West instead of Star Trek with her. Love Barbara Luna!

I fear this doesn’t have the bleak, colorless music and feel that a lot of the shows go out of their way to do these days. The original show had themes and energy and fun and character. Miguelito’s theme was always creepy and way cool to me. In keeping with the James Bond thing it was capitalizing on….it also had cool gadgets and Robert Conrad was suave and charming (this I feel will be a casualty of the show – as it doesn’t seem to be in vogue to be either of those things in today’s world or version of James Bond) And Conrad beat the hell out of people. Fun TV! Again, ah my youth.

Jorg Sacul
November 12, 2010 6:21 am

Charlie Sheen as West, Gary Sinise as Gordon. There’s my 2c worth.

Looking forward to your WWW, James Cawley!

November 12, 2010 6:28 am

I too am awaiting Cawley’s WWW. So sorry that James will not get a chance to test for the James West part.

Oh and, ex na on the Gunsmokena…..

I would much rather see a remake of “Pettycoat Junction”
That’s my 5 cents.

Scott B. here.
November 12, 2010 6:34 am

Hands down, my favorite TV show as a wee tot in the late 60s.

Oddly enough, I’ve been watching my WWW DVD sets recently. The show still holds up pretty well, even if it isn’t nearly as deep or thematic as Star Trek was.

With steampunk all the rage, I can see this reboot having some appeal, but I doubt they’ll capture what made the original so … original.

I wish they’d do it as a period piece, and by that I don’t mean “set in the late 19th century,” which is a given. I mean, as if it were being produced in the late 1960s. In other words: minimize the political correctness. Give it a little “Mad Men” swagger. Mark my words: Jim and Arte will have a sexy female sidekick on their team who can stand toe to toe with James West in a fight. No thanks.

Scott B. out.

November 12, 2010 7:59 am

Thank gods n gorns for Bill Theiss. So many of those lovely ladies were wasted in hoop skirts and petticoats.

Sure, WWW could work again. IF they find the right cast and chemistry. Please, no gratuitous time travelers or anachronistic 2010ish cultural references.

There are issues from the 1860s-70s that would work well today. Civil rights, hydro-mining, government corruption (Grant was king of that, btw.)

November 12, 2010 8:14 am

Ron, were you out there…. just recall the Space:1899 gaming system of 30 years ago…. capture a bit of that. But not too much, or I suspect we’ll see you set WWW up with some secret futurist group behind the scenes doing all sorts of “modern” science unbeknownst to anyone. Sort of a bit of the PAX Roddenberry concept, and imagine what if they existed then… be they time traveling from the future, or the long lost relic of a BSG like mitochondrial memory re-established.

But, throw everyone for a loop and do it straight. Just like westerns in the 50’s and 60’s were about 1950’s and 1960’s actors acting out the events of the 1860’s throught 1890’s, it would be more interesting to see 2010 actors portraying that generation. The characterizations would be much deeper now, more interlaced, and… more gritty?

As for casting, Nathan Fillion would be perfect, but Castle isn’t getting cancelled anytime soon by ABC. How about a look at casting PAUL BLACKTHORNE. He showed a lot of potential in The Dresden Files, and since The Gates is cancelled, he won’t be doing that. It also gives an excellent idea of having Artemus portrayed by TERRENCE MANN.
Loved the chemistry the two had on Dresden. It would play perfectly for a rethought WWW.

And then for President Grover Cleveland? Why, Robert Conrad of course!

John from Cincinnati
November 12, 2010 9:00 am

All I have to say is….

NO Will Smith to play James West!

John from Cincinnati
November 12, 2010 9:03 am

For me,

Sherry Jackson and Alyssa Milano have the same “look”.

I love them both.

Mike S
November 12, 2010 9:34 am

There were quite a few missteps in Capria. I really couldn’t buy into the mobster Tauron’s. I also had a problem with Graystone getting a Sam Adama to steal one of the nifty CPU’s to run the CYLON. I wouldn’t put industrial espionage past Graystone, but he would have hired someone with more skill that. Also, why not just license the thing or make a offer that Vergis can’t refuse to buy one?

As to the STO, I guess I thought that was still interesting.

As for the WWW, yes, that is only going to work if it is lighter and a bit of tongue and cheek. Go head and introduce some steam-punk like technology, but keep invisible people out of it. One of the problems that I had with the Will Smith WWW was that I just totally didn’t believe the gadgets that were in it. We can’t build those things today, let alone witn 19th century tech. (The other problem was that I just didn’t believe James West would be black. Sorry!)

I would accept Artemis Gordon as a woman. It’s probably as far fetched as a black secret service agent, but I think that the Male/Female secret service agent team work on Warehouse 13. (And perhaps West and Gordon would be agents for Warehouse 12!) Although, now that I think about it, perhaps it would be just too close to Warehouse 13.

November 12, 2010 10:27 am

33… Any Five-O episode that doesn’t resort to spy satellites to solve a case is a good one, in my opinion. The only thing I didn’t like this week was speeding through town with the guy tied to the hood of the car.

44… West and Gordon worked for President Grant.

Dr. Image
November 12, 2010 10:44 am

Joss- yes. Moore- NO!!!!!
(#9 Sybok- that’s the ONLY way I’d watch it.)

November 12, 2010 11:07 am