Sam Raimi is keeping himself busy with all the projects he has in development. There’s the highly anticipated World of Warcraft movie, his loose attachment to Oz, The Great and Powerful, and now he’s going rogue with Earp: Saints and Sinners. He’s tackling the western genre with the help of the graphic novel of the same name, which Mandeville Films and DreamWorks are adapting to the big screen.
According to THR, the film is a re-imagining of the famous gunslinger Wyatt Erap, who’s best known for the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, where he fought alongside his two brothers and compadre Doc Holliday. The story for Saints and Sinners is set in a future where he takes on outlaws in a ravaged society where the only boomtown left is Las Vegas.
The comic was created by Cirulnick and Mandeville exec David Manpearl. M. Zachary Sherman wrote it with Cirulnick, with illustrations by Mack Chater and Martin Montiel. Radical plans on unveiling the project Thursday during its Comic-Con panel. Therefore, if you’re one of the many people who’ll be in attendance this year, you’re in for a special treat!
Here’s the description of Earp: Saints and Sinners taken from the graphic novel:
In a world where the American economy has all but collapsed to the levels of the Great Depression, infamous bandits roam the country and the law is as corrupt as the criminals its sworn to stop. Yet one lawman remains a steadfast moral compass for the people: WYATT EARP. Earp has collared more most-wanted men than anyone in history – but after a violent assignment claims the life of his brother, Wyatt sets out to forge a simple life in the only boomtown left: Las Vegas.
With gorgeous women and free-flowing money on endless tap, Sin City attracts more people than a modern gold rush. Though Earp no longer wears a U.S. Marshall’s badge, his past is about to catch up to him. With nearly everything to lose, Earp will have to beat the odds stacked against him in order to bring old-fashioned justice to Sin City.
Doesn’t that sound like a different kind of Earp?
What do you think of Raimi directing Saints and Sinners? Are you familiar with the graphic novel?