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NBC’s The Sixth Gun Finds Its Lead

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The Ruins star Laura Ramsey has landed the role of Becky Montcrief on the NBC pilot The Sixth Gun, a supernatural Western based on the Oni Press series by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, Deadline reports. The network ordered the Carlton Cuse-produced project last month.

Set in the American West in the aftermath of the Civil War, the comic centers around six pistols of otherworldly power. The most dangerous of the weapons, the Sixth Gun of the title, vanishes, only to resurface in the hands of an innocent girl (Ramsey’s Becky Montcrief), reawakening dark forces. Villains believed long dead set their sights on the pistol, and only the gunslinger Drake Sinclair stands in their way. The Sixth Gun previously had been in development as a miniseries for NBC’s cable sibling Syfy.

Ramsey, who also had roles in The Covenant, Middle Men and Kill the Irishman, has appeared on episodes of ABC’s My Generation and AMC’s Mad Men.

The Sixth Gun pilot will be directed by Jeffrey Reiner (Wonder Woman, Friday Night Lights) from a script by Ryan Condal. Eric Gitter and Andy Borne of Closed on Mondays, the sister company of Oni Press, are executive producing.

UPDATED: Deadline also reports the pilot has cast W. Earl Brown (Deadwood) as Oliander Hume, the foul-mouthed undead Confederate General; Graham McTavish (The Hobbit) as Silas Hedgepeth, the General’s loyal lieutenant; and Aldis Hodge (Leverage) as Mr. Mercer, a detective hired to find the missing guns.


  • Orphan

    I am so happy for Bunn but this doesn’t stand a chance on NBC.Better off if they left it as a mini on SYFY. Non Cable Networks can’t handle this type of program.

  • Ryan H.

    I really hope this show gets picked up past the pilot stage. The Sixth Gun is my favorite current ongoing comic series.

  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    With Supernatural being renewed again and Grimm doing quite well, this may have a shot if it can pull in those viewers and not compete against them.

  • Jerry Smith

    So sad this great series will be on a broadcast network. It’s on NBC, so it will be stupid–dumbed down to the lowest possible common dominator. No nuance, no thought needed on the viewer’s part; it’ll all be done for you! Picture vapid supermodels fighting evil and probably not a word in the script over three syllables. Is it too late for FX or AMC to step in?