SDCC: Sam Raimi to Direct Earp: Saints for Sinners

Sam Raimi has signed on for Earp: Saints and Sinners, a futuristic retelling of the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral, reports Heat Vision. The film will be based on the recently released graphic novel by Radical Publishing and is being developed at DreamWorks with Matt Cirulnick, one of the original creators of the property, working on the first draft.

The graphic novel is described as follows:

From Matt Cirulnick and David Manpearl comes a modern-day reimagining of the classic western hero, Wyatt Earp, in a special $1.00 issue #0 preview of the upcoming, 3-issue miniseries.

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.

Radical president Barry Levine and Josh Donen, Raimi’s partner at Star Road Entertainment, are producing. Manpearl, Cirulnick and Radical’s Jesse Berger are executive producing, and DreamWorks’ Mark Sourian and Jonathan Elrich will oversee.