Filmmaker S. Craig Zahler is also a credited author of books; More relevantly, his 2013 publication, Wraiths Of The Broken Land and its 2010 predecessor, “A Congregation Of Jackals”, serve as noteworthy examples of his own inspiration preceding his 2015 horror Western, Bone Tomahawk.
Such a vision has since landed Zahler in good favor with The Martian duo, writer Drew Goddard and director Ridley Scott who are reportedly reuniting once more for an adaptation of the aforementioned 2013 novel according to Deadline. 20th Century Fox has acquired the screen rights to the film which, inspired by the book, is set near the Mexican border where a group of men assemble for a perilous and tumultuous journey across the badlands to rescue their captive sisters from prostitution.
The report also stated the film will contain elements of “horror, noir, and Asian ultra-violence”, although that portion was since omitted from the piece. I don’t know about the rest of you but that the idea of a turn-of-the-century Western horror with tropes like noir and Asian hyperviolence of some kind sounds exquisite, but we’ll see how this project evolves regardless.
Scott Free’s own Michael Schaefer will produce the film with Genre Films’ Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood. Scott is currently at work on Alien: Covenant for next year.