Sam Raimi lassoes Wyatt Earp for film set in future

Borys Kit
The Hollywood Reporter
July 19, 2010

Western hero Wyatt Earp is getting the sci-fi treatment via Sam Raimi.

Raimi is attached to direct “Earp: Saints for Sinners,” an adaptation of a Radical graphic novel that Mandeville Films partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing for DreamWorks.

Matt Cirulnick will write the script for the project, on which Radical president Barry Levine and Josh Donen, Raimi’s partner at Star Road Entertainment, also are producers.

The film and graphic novel re-imagines Earp — best known for the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, where he fought alongside his two brothers and compadre Doc Holliday — set in a future in which 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.

Manpearl, Cirulnick and Radical’s Jesse Berger are executive producing, and DreamWorks’ Mark Sourian and Jonathan Elrich will oversee.

Raimi, repped by CAA, next directs “Oz, the Great and Powerful,” a prequel of sorts of “The Wizard of Oz,” for Disney.

Mandeville last year produced “The Proposal” and is in preproduction on Disney’s new Muppets movie starring Jason Segel.

Radical has been on a roll leading up to Comic-Con, making a deal with Sam Worthington’s new production company to publish “Damaged” with an eye to bringing it to the big screen. The company additionally is developing “The Patriots,” also with Worthington.