Ridley Scott to Direct the Western Wraiths of the Broken Land

Posted by at 12:04 pm on May 11, 2016


Ridley Scott will direct and Drew Goddard will adapt S. Craig Zahler’s western novel Wraiths of the Broken Land for Fox. Scott and Goddard most recently collaborated on Fox’s Academy Award-nominated box office smash The Martian, for which they each earned a nomination for producing and writing, respectively. Goddard will produce with Scott through his Scott Free Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films.

Set near the Mexican border at the turn of the previous century, Wraiths of the Broken Land follows a group of men who assemble together and storm across the badlands to find their captive sisters, doing anything they deem necessary to achieve their goal. Lives, ethics and sanity are imperiled during the wild, brutal struggle that ensues and nobody is safe. Wraiths of the Broken Land is published by Raw Dog Screaming Press.

Scott next directs Alien: Covenant, the latest chapter of his storied Alien franchise, which stars Michael Fassbender, set for release in 2017. A four-time Academy Award nominee, director and producer Scott is known for his classic films Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Black Hawk Down and Gladiator.

Goddard is the creator and writer of popular Netflix series Daredevil, and will executive produce the recently-announced Netflix and Marvel team-up series The Defenders. He recently directed and executive produced the pilot of the new Mike Schur series “The Good Place” for NBC starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. He previously wrote or co-wrote World War Z, Cloverfield and The Cabin in the Woods, which he also directed.

Zahler most recently wrote and directed the critically-acclaimed film Bone Tomahawk, starring Kurt Russell and Patrick Wilson, and will next direct Brawl in Cell Block 99 with Vince Vaughn. He has also written the novels “A Congregation of Jackals,” “Corpus Chrome, Inc.” and “Mean Business on North Ganson Street,” the latter of which Zahler adapted for Warner Bros. with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to produce and star.


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