Spider-Man and Evil Dead director Sam Raimi is adding another project to his growing list of things to do.
Once it was revealed that Raimi would no longer be needed for Spider-Man 4, he was able to concentrate on other potential gigs including one based on the popular MMO game World of Warcraft and a new take on The Wizard of Oz called Oz: The Great and Powerful. Now the director is adding one more to the pile, and it will be called Earp: Saints for Sinners.
The movie will be based on the comic book mini series of the same name from Radical Publishing. It tells the story of famed old west lawman Wyatt Earp…only in a way not historically known to us. This version of the story takes place just a short time in the future where the economy has crashed, the world has gone to hell, and we live in something resembling a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
It’s currently unclear what exactly will be Raimi’s next project, but I suppose this has just as well a chance as the rest. If you’re a betting man, it would have to be Oz or Warcraft next and then this, but we shall see.
Earp: Saints for Sinners is backed by DreamWorks and will be written by Matt Cirulnick who has previously penned a few episodes of South Beach and the movie Paid in Full.
Where sin city meets the wild west in the not-too-distant future.
In the pages of Earp: Saints for Sinners, state-of-the-art motorcycles serve as modern-day horses, sky-high casinos line the streets instead of saloons, and disputes are settled by old-fashioned gunfights in the dark and twisted boomtown of Las Vegas. As unemployment skyrockets, crime spreads like a disease and the streets swarm with criminals, prostitutes, and drunks. But, in the midst of this cultural wasteland, there is one man who stands to lay down the law and remind people of their forgotten ideals. This man is Wyatt Earp.
After losing his brother, Virgil, during the arrest of outlaw Jesse James, Earp is ready for a major lifestyle change. Craving simplicity and wanting to protect his younger brother, Morgan, from the same fate as Virgil, Wyatt looks west. Leaving New York and his Marshal badge behind, he settles in Las Vegas to run an upscale saloon with his best friend and ex-partner, Doc Holliday. The city presents new opportunities and faces, but it isn’t long before old enemies and scars return, as well. Once again, he must enforce the law and bring justice to criminal entrepreneur Edward Flynn, Flynn’s personal army “the Pinkertons,” and Jesse James’ own “James Gang.” On top of this, the complicated love triangle between talented starlet, Josephine Marcus, and sworn enemies, Wyatt Earp and Jesse James, also wreaks havoc on Earp’s life.