Wraiths of the Broken Land is based on the novel by S. Craig Zahler.
Ridley Scott is renowned as a prodigiously versatile director whose diverse credits run the gamut from Alien and Blade Runner to Thelma & Louise and Gladiator. He has earned four Oscar nominations in the Best Director category – most recently for The Martian, last year’s smash hit sci-fi adventure starring Matt Damon. Throughout his decades-long career, however, Scott has never directed a western.
According to the Deadline website, Scott is reteaming with Martian screenwriter Drew Goddard for a big-screen adaptation of Wraiths of the Broken Land, the acclaimed western novel by Bone Tomahawk writer-director S. Craig Zahler.
According to Deadline, the novel focuses on “the attempt to reclaim two kidnapped sisters forced into prostitution. It is a desperate rescue and plunges the protagonists into dark places in a book that combines horror, noir and Asian ultra-violence.” Kurt Russell, who starred in Bone Tomahawk, offered this appraisal: “Zahler's a fabulous storyteller whose style catapults his reader into the turn-of-the-century West with a ferocious sense of authenticity.”
20th Century Fox will distribute Scott’s movie, which does not yet have a scheduled release date. We’ll keep you posted as production proceeds apace.