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Sam Raimi adds a new project to his plate: Earp: Saints for Sinners

July 21, 2010

Artwork from Earp: Saints for Sinners

According to Geeks of Doom, Sam Raimi has added another project to his to-do list, alongside projects like the World of Warcraft film and a new take on the Wizard of Oz called Oz: The Great and Powerful. And about 20 more projects listed at IMDB, including Evil Dead IV. When does this man sleep?

The new project is based around a comic mini-series published by Radical Publishing called Earp: Saints for Sinners. M. Zachary Sherman, who writes for the comic, describes the mini-series thusly for an interview at Comic Book Resources:

“It’s a futuristic dystopian retelling of a classic tale. What if the economy were to keep collapsing, and all across the country, conditions just kept getting worse and worse and Americans had no where to turn to for economic support? The government’s pretty much bankrupt and useless and people have started to take matters into their own hands. Life quickly becomes more disenfranchised for normal folks, with major amounts of violence and crime on the rise. People are gunned down in the streets over groceries, not Rolexes.”

I have to admit that I’m a sucker for a good futuristic dystopia. All the way back from the time that I read 1984 (on my own time, I might add, before it was ever assigned for school), I’ve found myself drawn to the idea of dystopian society. Maybe it’s the thin veneer of law and order that separates us from a less civilized world and makes our existence seem fragile. In any case, combining a futuristic dystopian world with the classic figures of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday (oh, didn’t I mention, Doc Holliday is in this storyline. With the move to Vegas, he appears not to have begun to defile himself–although I’m fairly certain Mr. Kilmer won’t get a call to repeat his brilliant performance) could be a great success. Then again, I’m also a sucker for a good western, and I’ve long thought that someone should revive the western into a more modern setting, much like Stephen King did in his Dark Tower series. So, good luck to you, Mr. Raimi–you could be instrumental in helping popularize a revitalized genre if you walk the line just right. If not… there’s always a place for you in the “end-of-the-world” hysteria or failed modern westerns halls of fame.

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