Warner Bros to Redo 'The Island of Dr. Moreau' and 'The Cowboys'

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Warner Bros. is throwing The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Cowboys into the reboot machine, according to Deadline and Variety.

Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran are producing The Island of Dr. Moreau along with Mad Hatter Entertainment's Michael Connolly.

This will be the fourth big screen adaptation of H.G. Wells' sci-fi novel of the same name. According to the report, the new movie will be a contemporary take with a topical ecological message.

Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy, the writing duo behind the forthcoming Zorro Reborn, are writing the screenplay.

The 1996 adaptation with Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer only managed to pull in a little over $49 million at the global box office.

Tommy Lee Jones is writing and directing the remake of John Wayne's 1972 Western The Cowboys for Warner Bros. It is unknown at this point if Jones will also star.

The story follows a rancher who must train a group of boys to replace the ranch hands who left to join in on the gold rush. If they couldn't get the cattle to market in time, the rancher will face financial ruin.

Jones is currently doing post on another Western he has starred in and directed called The Homesman. Jones plays a claim jumper who teams up with a pioneer woman (Hilary Swank) to escort three insane woman to their destination.

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