By Steve Daly
Updated August 25, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Lasso the steeds and get those costumes out of mothballs — producers are hot on the trail of Westerns. Here are some waiting in the stables.

ST. AGNES’ STAND DreamWorks has optioned the tale of an 1860s renegade who saves a nun and some kids from Apaches as a possible project for Martin Scorsese. Gee, do you think it’ll be violent?

THE LONE RANGER Columbia has commissioned David Webb Peoples (Unforgiven) to pen a sort of superhero take on the masked man’s origins. (Reportedly, it’s Tonto who saves lawman John Reid’s nearly dead white ass after an ambush and nurses him back to health.)

THE WILD BUNCH Warner Bros. and producer Jerry Weintraub (Ocean’s Eleven) have hired David Ayer (S.W.A.T., Training Day) to modernize Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 outlaw classic as a portrait of the Mexican-border drug trade.

THE LEGEND OF BUTCH AND SUNDANCE NBC plans to air the telepic this fall, with David Rogers and Ryan Browning in the title roles.

UNTITLED STEVEN SPIELBERG PROJECT The man behind the Sci Fi Channel’s highly rated Taken will exec-produce a 12-hour, summer 2005 TNT series following two frontier families — one white, one Native American.