Uh oh. Sam Raimi’s moving away from horror films again. Bad things can happen when he does that.
Although… it’s a western, and as a somewhat shameful fan of the bizarre The Quick and the Dead, I’m not opposed to the idea. Slashfilm is announcing that Raimi is attached to direct the Wyatt Earp re-imagining Earp: Saints and Sinners. Based on the short comic series from Radical Comics, which specializes in re-tellings of the stories of famous historical figures, frequently with a sci-fi bent to them.
Earp: Saints and Sinners is described as being “set in a future in which he takes on outlaws in a ravaged society where the only boomtown left is Las Vegas.” So, kind of The Postman with more gunplay? Or perhaps Waterworld on dry land? Or… I better shut up before Costner catches wind of this. Then he’ll want to use his shitty country band on the soundtrack. Incidentally, before the demise of Pajiba Music, I downloaded that album (Kevin Costner and the Modern West) to review it. Here’s a quick capsule review:
It blows lemur cock.
Anyway, back to the movie. I don’t know how I feel about this. On the one hand, there are already 2.5 iconic, brilliant films about Wyatt Earp — Tombstone, Gunfight at the OK Corral, and Wyatt Earp (that one’s the half). And if you want to make a futuristic Western, be my guest — but why bother having the famous lawman’s name attached? Oh, right, because if we’ve learned one thing about futuristic Westerns, it’s that no one gives a fuck about them (even if they’re fucking brilliant), so we’ll need a famous name to get people in the theaters.
On the other hand, it could be wildly entertaining. Raimi restored some of my faith with Drag Me to Hell, and now that he’s off the sinking Spider-Man ship, I’m hoping he’ll get some of his mojo back. I dunno.
All I know is, you’re never gonna get a better Doc Holliday than Val Kilmer’s. Ever.