Ridley Scott to Reunite with ‘The Martian’ Writer for Western

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Director Ridley Scott is reuniting with Drew Goddard, the screenwriter behind Scott’s The Martian, for a period Western.

As per Deadline, Goddard, whose credits also include directing/co-writing Cabin in the Woods and creating/writing Netflix’s Daredevil series, has signed on to adapt S. Craig Zahler novel Wraiths of the Broken Land. Scott will be directing.

This is far from another sci-fi outing for the director and writer. Wraiths of the Broken Land is set near the Mexican border at the turn of the previous century and tells of a group of men on a mission to find their captive sisters.

wraiths of the broken land20th Century Fox acquired the screen rights to Zahler’s novel, which was published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2013. The book, according to its Amazon description, is “a savage Western experience that combines elements of Horror, Noir and Asian ultra-violence.” Sounds like we’re in for another gritty piece from Scott, whose last (U.S.) R-rated picture was the ill-received 2013 thriller The Counselor.

Scott and Goddard had huge success with The Martian. The survival sci-fi picture took in a very impressive $US630.2 million worldwide, making it the most successful Ridley Scott picture of all time and the highest-grossing movie ever with Matt Damon as lead.

Next up for Scott is Alien: Covenant, which is currently in production with a U.S. release planned for August 4, 2017.