Raimi Takes Westerns to the Future in Earp: Saints for Sinners

July 20, 2010
Source: Heat Vision

Wyatt Earp

Many of you know that one of the most famous westerns actually takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (if you don't know what I mean, you either don't like Star Wars or found this website by accident). Now it looks like another western will be thrust into the future, in a location not so far away. Heat Vision reports Sam Raimi is attached to direct Earp: Saints for Sinners, an adaptation of a graphic novel that sees the infamous western icon Wyatt Earp in a future where he takes on outlaws in a ravaged society where the only "boomtown" left is Las Vegas. With this and Cowboy & Aliens, western/sci-fis are the new hotness.

If you haven't heard of the graphic novel yet it's because Radical (the company behind it) won't be unveiling the project until their Comic-Con panel on Thursday, but this is a premature announcement about a movie deal. Matt Cirulnick will write the script, but there's no telling how much of a priority this will be for Raimi, who's also working on a World of Warcraft movie and potentially Oz: The Great and Powerful with Robert Downey Jr as the Wizard. This is definitely a project I would love to see Sam Raimi tackle sooner than later (especially over Warcraft based flick), but we'll probably be waiting quite a while to see how it pans out.

Wyatt Earp was an American officer of the law in various Western frontier towns and is an iconic figure in American folk history. He is best known for his participation in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, along with Doc Holliday, and two of his brothers, Virgil Earp and Morgan Earp. He's been portrayed by actors like Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner and Burt Lancaster in various films like Tombstone, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and simply Wyatt Earp (which is where the poster above is from). Will be quite interesting to see how Earp is re-imagined in the future. I'm wondering if he'll still have that awesome mustache. Anyone interested?

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  • Hattori Hanzo
    They are only hot until the first box office bomb and that might happen sooner rather than later. Something cheesey about Wyatt Earp in a future Las Vegas.
  • Eli
    Yeah. Sam Raimi kinda makes me kind of scared though. This sounds insulting to Wyatt Earp.
  • KimZ
    "western/sci-fis are the new hotness" Lets pray for some gorram more Firefly then!
  • Wyatt Earp
    You tell Raimi the law is coming and I ain't going to the future. . . You tell them I'm coming . . . and Hell's coming with me! You hear?! Hell's coming with me Raimi!
  • Dreckent
    If Sam Raimis name wasnt attached to the project i wouldnt be interested at all... 😉
  • Doc Holliday
    Make no mistake Sam, it's not revenge Wyatt's after ... It's a reckonin'.
  • Big758
    @ Dreckent i agree with you on that. i thought he was doing the world of warcraft movie.
  • Big758
    issue#0 only came back in may and the next issue doesn't come until this fall.
  • Al
    I wish someone would just make a western. The genre (especially Spaghetti) was so badass it doesn't need the sci fi element. I know, I know, the Coens are doing True Grit, but thats just one.
  • monal
    definitely the new hotness...Jonah Hex really kicked off that trend....
  • beavis
    #9 - you are soooooo right! hasn't been a great western since unforgiven although "ned kelly"was pretty good. "open range" wasn't bad - just a little slow in places. (3:10 to yuma remake blew.....the original was much better. ) i'm not looking forward to true grit remake - without wayne, i don't see the movie being the same. my thinking is get gene hackman in a western - he was brilliantly evil in "quick and the dead" and unforgiven... it may be too late due to age but get val kilmer to do a biopic of doc holliday - he gave an amazing performance in tombstone. get clint to do another western..........pleeeeeeeeeease!
  • I love, love, LOVE The Quick and The Dead, and I'm stoked to see Raimi do another western - especially a dystopia/futuristic western! Now, as long as he puts together the right kind of cast and gets a really great gritty antihero main character (like Russell Crowe in TQATD) I think this movie stands a good chance to be truly awesome.




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