According to Variety, Sam Raimi of “Spider-Man” and “Evil Dead” fame is attached to direct Radical Comics’ “Earp: Saints for Sinners.” The film will be a co-production of Dreamworks, Radical Studios, Mandeville and Star Road, Raimi’s production company.
Co-creator/writer Matt Cirulnick will adapt the graphic novel into its film form. Variety described the project as “a modern-day re-imagining of Western hero Wyatt Earp fighting outlaws in a ravaged society where the only boomtown left is Las Vegas.”
Raimi has been rumored for a number of projects since the collapse of “Spider-Man 4” earlier this year including projects such as “The Shadow” and at least one of the “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” remakes floating around Hollywood. Talk had him handing director duties on “The Shadow” over to “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” director David Slade. Slade announced this rumor was totally untrue and had not heard from Raimi, who is a producer on the remake.
While involved in many films as a producer, Raimi is already signed on to direct “World of Warcraft,” based on the popular MMO and “Oz, the Great and Powerful.” The later being a prequel to the “The Wizard of Oz,” detailing a charlatan’s rise to Wizard in the world of Oz.
This move follows on Radical’s earlier announced film adaptations, “The Last Days of American Crime” and “Oblivion.” The former is set to star actor Sam Worthington, who recently entered into an imprint deal with Radical to publish mater he and partners Michael and John Schwarz will spearhead. The later is being developed for “Tron Legacy” director Joe Kosinski to direct.