Sam Raimi to Direct ‘Earp: Saints for Sinners’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

Sam Raimi is attached to direct Earp: Saints for Sinners, a futuristic sci-fi/western based on the graphic novel from Radical Comics. Dreamworks recently secured the rights and the deal will be announced officially at Radical’s San Diego Comic-Con panel this Thursday.

The comic is a futuristic re-imagining of the Western hero Wyatt Earp that finds him battling outlaws in Las Vegas. It’s written by M. Zachary Sherman and Matt Cirulnick with art by Mack Chater and Martin Montiel.

Radical’s publishing  strategy has been to develop comics that are essentially pre-packaged for film adaptations. Other titles with movie deals in place include Damaged, Patriots, The Last Days of American Crime (which I highly recommend) and Oblivion. While this has drawn criticism from some readers and other publishers, at least Radical has always been up front about their intentions.

Here’s the premise of Earp: Saints for Sinners:

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.

I actually love the concept and of course, anything with Raimi attached immediately grabs my interest. However, to say he’s in demand is an understatement and there are a few other projects requiring his attention before he can get to  Earp: Saints for Sinners.

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His next film will likely be the Wizard of Oz prequel Oz, The Great & Powerful and just last month he still seemed incredibly interested in tackling the World of Warcraft movie some time in the near future.

He’s also involved with new versions of The Shadow, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and about ten million other projects (seriously, look at the in-development section of his IMDb page). So, anyone anxiously anticipating Earp: Saints for Sinners may not want to hold their breath. Especially since at this point Radical seems more interested in announcing deals rather than getting the ball rolling on any of them.

Raimi’s last foray into the western genre was 1995′s The Quick and the Dead which I unabashedly adore. Are you excited to see what he could do with Earp: Saints for Sinners? What do you think of the concept?

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  1. ive actually heard of of this comic its not bad hope it goes out with bang

  2. There’s nothing more off putting than the words Sam Raimi to direct.

  3. im hoping this movie does not suck, because all the spiderman where awsome at first but when you watched it again it got really corney and to the point the movie sucked. just dont put tobey magiure it it and i will be happy because that guy sucks at acting lol :)

  4. so silly of a concept that it’s insults the senses that anyone would try and produce this and market it to us.

    • …need an edit button on this site

  5. much rather see another Ash movie more than anything else from him.

  6. Tough crowd. The concept will definitely raise a few eyebrows and while I’m sure a lot of people will similarly dismiss it because it seems silly, I actually see the potential in it. I’m not familiar with the comic though.

    • potential in what, look at his movies that he made clearly most of his movie suck, im not saying they all suck but most suck

      • To each his own. =-)

        • word

  7. To Mr. Raimi,
    Please stop with the comic book movies and get back to your horror roots! You started to with Drag Me To Hell and I thought that was great! How about you make a 4th Evil Dead WITH Bruce campbell movie rather then another comic book movie that will be nothing like the book it’s based off of. Thou it is nice to see more comic book movies coming out for us fanboys.

    • i havent seen drag me to hell due to its PG-13 rating…

  8. Jose Castro
    Yeap tobey does suck at acting….big time.
    I know we need an edit button!!!!

  9. I am thrilled to hear him do this film, but I WANT MY WORLD OF WARCRAFT SINCE YOU ARE NO LONGER DOING SPIDER-MAN. Raimi, please don’t take that away from me!!! I am also aware that you have other projects on your plate, but don’t be like Peter Jackson/Guillermo del Toro (great directors) holding off the Hobbit for this long time. Also, Robert Rodriguez with his crappy Predators instead of finishing Sin City sequels that everybody wants. Although, Machete looks interesting, but that still deviating from my point. Maybe these directors are taking their time to make something that will break a record or hold the title for the best movie of the year like James Cameron for 2009 to 2010 and Christopher Nolan for the Dark Knight in 2008 and for Inception for this year. So far, Nolan’s on top this year until Tron Legacy comes around holiday time. Rest of Summer movies look alright too. Salt is worth watching, Sorry Stallone! i will watch, but i don’t think you have a summer hit. Scott Pilgrim looks OK, but i find Micheal Cera as a loser and wonder why he keeps getting lead roles he does not deserve. The movies looks cool, but the story is lame and retarded. Classic Batman “KA-POW” because nobody messes with Adam We. Can’t wait for Alice (Milla Jovovich)in the Afterlife. Again Raimi, PLEASE DON’T TAKE WARCRAFT FROM ME.