Ridley Scott lost supporters after having mediocre outings his films like The Counselor, Exodus: Gods of Egypt, Prometheus (that’s debatable), and an underwhelming Robin Hood adaptation, but Hollywood is a world of “what have you done for me lately?” and The Martian was lately. A quality film that proved to us that Ridley Scott just needed some fun and a fresh start for his directing may have brought on a revival for Scott as he will adapt Wraiths of the Broken Land with writer Drew Goddard.
To give you a glimpse as to what the book is about, here is the official book synopsis and what the director/writer duo are up to create:
A brutal and unflinching tale that takes many of its cues from both cinema and pulp horror, Wraiths of the Broken Land is like no Western you’ve ever seen or read. Desperate to reclaim two kidnapped sisters who were forced into prostitution, the Plugfords storm across the badlands and blast their way through Hell. This gritty, character-driven piece will have you by the throat from the very first page and drag you across sharp rocks for its unrelenting duration. Prepare yourself for a savage Western experience that combines elements of Horror, Noir and Asian ultra-violence. You’ve been warned.
Does this not make you jump with joy?! What a fusion of genres! Scott himself has shown his diversity in the film making business since he came onto the scene with films like Alien and Bladerunner, but he has also given us genre pictures like Thelma and Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, and Kingdom of Heaven. With Goddard’s swift writing style and Scott’s aesthetic and diverse skill-set, this may be a match made in heaven. I have never read the book, but everyone who seems to have read it loved the fast paced, easy read nature of such a kinetic genre mash-up, and I’d hope the film captures that flare.
This shouldn’t hamper the production of Alien: Covenant (2017) for Scott nor the third season of Netlfix’s Daredevil and The Defenders in which Goddard created and wrote for.
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