Emilio Estevez is perhaps most known as a pop culture icon of the 1980s. Now he may be about to make Western fans very happy once again. The actor is teasing he’ll break out the guns one last time to portray an aging Billy the Kid.
Estevez is a part of the Brat Pack, the group of Generation X actors that appeared in several teen coming-of-age movies together. This includes his roles in “The Breakfast Club” and “St. Elmo’s Fire.” Many of his most popular roles have been nearly 30 years ago at this point.
From “The Outsiders” to “That Was Then, This Is Now” to “The Mighty Ducks” to “Nightmares,” Estevez had a busy 1980s and 1990s. However, one of his most popular roles was as Billy the Kid in the iconic Western film, “Young Guns.”
‘Young Guns’ Revival May Be in the Works
On “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” Estevez reveals that fans may see him saddle up for his role once again. Clarkson asks him, “Is it true ‘Young Guns 3’ is coming out?”
Instead of a typical response, Estevez pulls a bandana above his nose and throws on a Western-themed hat that was sitting next to him. Clarkson excitedly screams, “It needs to happen!”
This is not the first Emilio Estevez has dropped a not-so-subtle hint about the return of “Young Guns.”
He told Collider that the project is in the works.
“Yeah, it’s definitely in the works. I drive a lot and I spend a lot of time in the Midwest, and people will tell me, ‘We haven’t seen you on screen for awhile. Come back! We’d love to see you in the movies again … love to see you play Gordon Bombay. We’d love to see you play Billy the Kid.’ So, I feel like we’ve ticked one box, and we’re working on ticking the other one. The Kid is a fun character to play. There’s a lot of speculation about what happened that night, in 1881 in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Did he die? Did he not? And so, there’s a lot of mythical, historical and actually some factual things that we can examine, if we’re serious about going back to that franchise, as well,” Estevez said.
In 1988, Estevez appeared in the biographical action film alongside Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlie Sheen, Dermot Mulroney, and Terrance Stamp. It tells the true, yet exaggerated, tale of Billy the Kid as he leads his gunslinging friends in the midst of the Lincoln County War.
After the movie surged in popularity, a sequel was made a few years later. This movie focuses on claims that Billy the Kid had faked his death several decades before. The claims are from Brushy Bill Roberts.
Emilio Estevez’s Current Revival
Another one of his iconic roles is playing Gordon Bombay in “The Mighty Ducks” in 1992. He returned for the role in “D2: The Mighty Ducks” two years later.
Now, nearly 30 years later, Estevez is once returning as Bombay for “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.” This time it will be in the form of a sports comedy-drama streaming on Disney+. It will be based on the original film from the 1990s.
He is starring alongside Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls”) and Brady Noon. The show premiered on March 26. The show features a group of kids, nicknamed the Don’t Bothers, as they urge Gordon Bombay to help them form their own team after being kicked off the Mighty Ducks. Bombay is the original coach of the Mighty Ducks, but now just runs a low-level ice rink.
So if Estevez can return to the ice rink, perhaps he can also return to the Wild West for one last ride.