Much of what Estevez is proposing here has to do with the fact that there are many theories suggesting that William H. Bonney, also known as Billy the Kid, survived long past his reported death in 1881. Of particular interest is a man from Texas named Brushy Bill Roberts. who, in the late 1940s, began to claim that he was Billy the Kid. Parts of “Young Guns 2” even played into this theory, with Estevez wearing heavy makeup to look like the part. Speaking further in the interview, the actor explained where he thinks the story could go.
“A new photo came up. That’s pretty strong evidence! There’s a New York detective on the case, who’s a facial recognition guy, and he looked at several, especially this new photo, and he said, ‘Definitely, this it’s the same guy many years later and he’s Brushy Bill…’ And that, again, is just more proof that there’s a story there. It’s almost like ‘Zelig’ or ‘Forrest Gump.’ Brushy Bill Roberts, aka Billy the Kid, he fought alongside Pancho Villa in the Mexican Revolution He was with Teddy Roosevelt at the Battle of San Juan Hill Here’s a guy who was born with the advent of the Gatling gun and died in 1950 during the atomic age I mean, think about what he saw throughout his life!
For what it’s worth, Morgan Creek rebranded in 2017, and the studio planned reboots of several franchises, with “Young Guns” among them. While nothing has officially surfaced, there seems to be interest on both sides. Whether the rights can be resolved? This seems more than a little possible, and Estevez is clearly waiting for the call.