Incredibly familiar with comic book lore and well-versed in the process of transferring heroes from ink-bound pages to the big screen, Sam Raimi has signed up to produce and direct the big-screen version of Earp: Saints For Sinners.
Set against the backdrop of an America in economic ruin, the series features a hero names Wyatt Earp on a mission to bring justice to Las Vegas (the last beacon of financial stability left). The character is described as a dark and tortured soul who wants nothing but a simple life after the death of his brother but soon finds himself trying to restore justice to a lawless town.
The comic was created by Matt Cirulnick and David Manpearl, and was written by Cirulnick and M. Zachary Sherman.
Rights to the Radical Publishing comic series was purchased by Dreamworks for feature film development and Raimi, who helmed the three Spider-man movie starring Tobey Maguire, will produce the film along with Mandeville Films partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman for the studio.
This is amazing news, said Barry Levine, founder of Radical Publishing, in a release. Both Cirulnick and Manpearl have created an exciting setting of Las Vegas in the near future to reinvent the Wyatt Earp legend that will excite fans around the world.
The movie is expected to have something of a modern-age Wild West theme to it with state-of-the-art motorcycles filling in for horses and luxury hotels replacing seedy saloons. A special deluxe edition of the first issue will be released later in the year.