- Writer Kevin
Jarre also started filming as the director, but his inexperience coupled
with a rigorous shooting schedule led to filming quickly running behind. After shooting
for four weeks, he was abruptly fired and replaced by George
Cosmatos, who resumed filming with only three days of preparation.
- To bring the film back onto schedule and under budget, several subplots and
character developments were cut out with the focus going to Wyatt
Earp and Doc
- After Writer Kevin
Jarre's removal as Director four weeks into filming, George
Cosmatos assumed directorial duties, while star Kurt
Russell assumed some on-set producer duties including script rewrites.
He cut the script with input from the ensemble cast.
- The scenes at the Hooker Ranch with Charlton Heston were filmed while Kevin
Jarre was still Director.
George Cosmatos added the opening scene confrontation between the Cowboys
and the Mexican police, which established them as the 'bad guys'. The original
script had the two factions of the Cowboys and the Earps much less clearly defined
as good and bad guys.
- Wyatt Earp's fifth cousin, Wyatt Earp, portrayed Billy Claiborne.
- Tombstone earned $56.5 million in the United States on a budget of
about $25 million. For comparison, Kevin Costner's Wyatt
Earp released only months later managed only $25 million in box
office on a budge of $65 million.
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