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Taylor Sheridan To Adapt ‘Summer Moon’ for Screen

S.C. Gwynne’s “Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History” is set to make its debut on screen, with Taylor Sheridan at the helm as director, according to reports from Deadline. Originally published in 2010 by Scribner, Gwynne’s book chronicles the life of Quanah Parker, the renowned Comanche leader celebrated for his pivotal role in the Red River War and his co-founding of the Native American Church. Critics, including those at Kirkus, have lauded the book as a significant addition to the historical narrative of Texas, the expansion of the American West, and the experience of Native Americans.

Taylor Sheridan is widely recognized for his work as a screenwriter on acclaimed films like “Sicario” and “Hell or High Water,” as well as for creating hit television series such as “Yellowstone,” “Mayor of Kingstown,” and “1923,” has secured the rights to Gwynne’s book through his production company, Bosque Ranch. In addition to directing, Sheridan will take on the roles of writer and producer for the adaptation. While Deadline’s report did not specify whether the project would take shape as a television series or a feature film, anticipation for the screen adaptation is high.

Expressing his confidence in Sheridan’s ability to do justice to the material, Gwynne shared his enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, “I can’t think of anyone better qualified to bring ‘Empire of the Summer Moon’ to the screen than Taylor Sheridan. He has a deep and nuanced understanding of both the myth and reality of the Old West. I am thrilled that he is undertaking this project.”

As the adaptation of “Empire of the Summer Moon” moves forward under the guidance of Taylor Sheridan, audiences eagerly anticipate experiencing Gwynne’s riveting account of Quanah Parker’s life and the tumultuous era of American frontier history on screen. Michael Schaub, a contributing writer, reported on the development of the project.

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