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Legendary Urban Cowboy gets a TV reboot — but it won't be filmed in Houston

Legendary Urban Cowboy gets TV reboot, but won't be filmed in Houston

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A television version of Urban Cowboy will begin filming in Austin this fall. Courtesy photo

The iconic John Travolta film, Urban Cowboy, is getting the television treatment after 35 years — and filming will take place in Austin. 

Rolling Stone reports that the TV version of the classic Texas tale of life in and around the legendary Gilley's nightclub in Pasadena, has a 21st century spin. The new project from Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) and Fox Television will tackle modern Texas struggles with new characters and a fresh storyline. 

The series' plot centers around a rodeo circuit rider named Kyle, played by Alfonso Herrera, star of Netflix's Sens8. Kyle and his sister flee drug cartel entanglement in Mexico to start a new life in Houston.

"The project follows star-crossed young lovers Kyle (Herrera) and Gaby as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line dancing in honky-tonks, the grime of the oil refineries and the glamor of modern Texas," writes Deadline"It’s about family legacies, starting over, finding true love and the American dream."

Filming of the 1980 movie in Pasadena and Houston caused quite a stir as Travolta was at his height of his popularity. The world premiere of the movie at the Gaylyn Theater in Sharpstown and the afterparty at Gilley's drew such notables as Andy Warhol, Diane von Furstenberg, Lynn Wyatt, Charlie Daniels, and the movie's stars.

Filming for the pilot is slated to begin in September and the series will debut in 2016. No word yet on whether or not the mechanical bull will make an appearance.

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