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Acclaimed director Sam Raimi is set to give Wyatt Earp a sci-fi revamp. According to THR's Heat Vision blog, the Army of Darkness director will helm Earp: Saints for Sinners, a film based on the comic of the same name. The script will be written by Matt Cirulnick, who was one of the creators of the comic. The project will be released under the DreamWorks banner and will be produced by Mandeville Films partners Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman.
The story places the legendary Earp in the future battling outlaws in a desolate society where Las Vegas is the only remaining boomtown. A press release from Radical Publishing describes the plot in more detail:
"In a world where the American economy has all but collapsed to the levels of the Great Depression, infamous bandits roam the country and the law is as corrupt as the criminals its sworn to stop. Yet one lawman remains a steadfast moral compass for the people: WYATT EARP. Earp has collared more most-wanted men than anyone in history – but after a violent assignment claims the life of his brother, Wyatt sets out to forge a simple life in the only boomtown left: Las Vegas. With gorgeous women and free-flowing money on endless tap, Sin City attracts more people than a modern gold rush. Though Earp no longer wears a U.S. Marshall’s badge, his past is about to catch up to him. With nearly everything to lose, Earp will have to beat the odds stacked against him in order to bring old-fashioned justice to Sin City."
Raimi is an iconic film director, famous for directing many different kinds of films. Despite the various genres that he has tackled, all of his films fit within a certain niche. To put it simply, he’s a director of genre films. Considering that his most beloved works include the superhero blockbuster Spider-Man, the now-classic Evil Dead trilogy, and the campy horror flick Drag Me to Hell, a film of this nature sounds like the perfect addition to Raimi’s list of quirky and unique filmography. However, we might be waiting a while for this flick, as he is still attached to direct Oz the Great and Powerful, which is slated to be ahead of “Saints.” The news broke, however, because Raimi is expected to be announced as the director during the comic book's panel at this week's Comic Con.
Click here for the Player Affinity review of the Earp: Saints for Sinners #0,