Although Ridley Scott is currently in the thick of shooting Alien: Covenant, he is one of those directors who always likes to have a handful of projects developing at any given time. Earlier this year we heard that he might be directing a movie based on the ’60s spy series The Prisoner and now he’s got another new project to add to the mix: an adaptation of S. Craig Zahler’s western novel Wraiths Of The Broken Land. Zahler is the same man responsible for last year’s horror western Bone Tomahawk starring Kurt Russell but he published this book back in 2013. Zahler won’t write the script, however; instead Ridley Scott is reteaming with The Martian screenwriter Drew Goddard. The plot synopsis is as follows:
“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.”
So it sounds like this could be equally as violent and disturbing as Bone Tomahawk, although with a major studio like 20th Century Fox behind it, that may be difficult. Either way, it’s interesting that through the course of his storied career Ridley Scott has never directed a western (Thelma and Louise and The Counselor are probably the closest he has come) although he has been actively trying to set one up for a few years now. No word on whether this will be his next project after Alien: Covenant but after the success of The Martian you can bet Fox is hoping for more of the same. Are you looking forward to a Ridley Scott western?