Sam Raimi lassoes Wyatt Earp for sci-fi film

Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:37am EDT
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Western hero Wyatt Earp is getting the sci-fi treatment via Sam Raimi.

The director of the first three "Spider-Man" films is attached to shoot "Earp: Saints for Sinners," a DreamWorks project based on a graphic novel.

Earp -- best known for the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, where he fought alongside his two brothers and compadre Doc Holliday -- is placed in a futuristic world where he takes on outlaws in a ravaged society whose only remaining boomtown is Las Vegas.

Raimi next directs "Oz, the Great and Powerful," a prequel of sorts of "The Wizard of Oz," for Disney. Wyatt Earp got the big-screen treatment twice in the 1990s, first in "Tombstone" where he was played by Kurt Russell, and then in an eponymous film starring Kevin Costner.

<p>U.S director Sam Raimi poses during a photo call for his film "Drag Me To Hell" at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, May 21, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>