It only takes one movies success to start a trend. In December, True Grit made over $240 million, and kicked off what appears to be the rebirth of the western, which is the only explanation for two Wyatt Earp movies to be in development since Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner went head-to-head in the early 90s.
THR reports that Warner Bros. has picked up a spec script called Wild Guns, a project described as having "shades of Tombstone and Sherlock Holmes." The project, which centers on the legendary Earp as well as Doc Holliday, is the second to be set up with the characters to in the last month, The First Ride of Wyatt Earp having been announced last month. In the story, written by T.S. Nowlin for Gianni Nunnari, Earp and Holliday are hired to rescue the daughter of Sitting Bull after she is kidnapped by a powerful Shaman who is believed to have mysterious powers and is terrorizing the Western plains.
As mentioned in the first paragraph, the last time this happened both Tombstone and Wyatt Earp were in development, and while the former got the early release date at earned $56 million at the domestic box office, the latter, which really isn't as good a film and was released the next year, only made $25. Something tells me we are about to see history repeat itself.