Sam Raimi to Return to Western Genre with Futuristic Earp

Sam Raimi has been linked to a variety of projects in the months since it was announced his fourth Spider-Man movie had been cancelled in favor of a reboot. From a Wizard of Oz prequel to a World of Warcraft film, Raimi’s next movie looked like it could come from any number of genres or styles. Well, it’s time to add another title to the list of possible projects for the Evil Dead director.

Variety is reporting that Raimi is attached to direct Earp: Saints for Sinners, a big screen adaptation of the Radical Comics title. The film will be a co-production of DreamWorks, Radical Studios, Mandeville and Star Road.

The project is described as a futuristic take on the legend of Wyatt Earp, with the western hero reimagined as the outlaw-fighting protector of Las Vegas in a post-apocalyptic society.

The Buzz: I must say that out of all the projects Raimi’s name has been linked to lately, Saints for Sinners has me the most excited. I recently rewatched The Quick and the Dead, Raimi’s earlier effort at directing a Western and boy howdy does that movie stand up. Raimi’s visual style and quirky eye for angles really lent itself to a fun look at the Western genre.

I can’t imagine a similar visual touch combined with the interesting sounding premise of Saints for Sinners wouldn’t make for some classic Raimi-produced entertainment. Plus, almost ten years on and I’m still reeling from the cancellation of Firefly. I’d love to see another science-fiction/western mash-up.

Regardless of what project Sam Raimi decides to do next, I hope he does something soon. The world is a dimmer place without a new Sam Raimi movie in theaters. While there may have been some detractors on the director’s last Spider-Man film, Drag Me To Hell proved Raimi still has plenty of mojo left and I can’t wait to see what he does next.

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