Sam Raimi is Going to War with Jake Tapper's 'The Outpost' Drama
Following Oz: The Great and Powerful last year, we've been waiting to see what director Sam Raimi would take on as his next project. The Spider-Man director is producing a reboot of The Grudge and also an adaptation of the video game The Last of Us, but now he might have a new directing gig lined up as well. Deadline reports The Fighter writers Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson are partnering with Raimi to adapt Jake Tapper's non-fiction book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, focusing on yet another group of American troops in Afghanistan as they encounter insurmountable odds. More below!
This particular tale focuses on the title remote U.S. camp set up in Eastern Afghanistan by 53 American soldiers who became embroiled in a fight with nearly 400 Taliban fighters. The fight lasted a single day, and it resulted in two of the American soldiers being give the Medal of Honor, the highest award the military can give. And that's even more rare than you think, because it's the first time that it's been given to two living soldiers for the same battle since 1968. Raimi says, "The Outpost is an epic story of bravery, courage, and sacrifice of our men in uniform, and is absolutely a picture meant for the big screen." Raimi will produce and develop the script with an eye towards directing. Sound good?