Fox project will adapt S. Craig Zahler's gritty Western novel
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Wraiths of the Broken Land

The Martian director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Drew Goddard are saddling up for Wraiths of the Broken Land.

EW can confirm that 20th Century Fox has acquired screen rights to S. Craig Zahler’s revenge-themed Western novel, with Scott on board to direct and Goddard to write the screenplay.

Set in Mexico circa 1900, Wraiths follows the Plugfords, a gang of outlaws who cut a bloody swath across the badlands while trying to reclaim two kidnapped sisters forced into prostitution.

Scott and Goddard will produce alongside Michael Schaefer, Simon Kinberg, and Aditya Sood. The quintet are all reuniting after collaborating on the sci-fi survival tale The Martian, which grossed $630 million at the worldwide box office and garnered seven Oscar nominations (though it didn’t win any).

Scott is currently helming Alien: Covenant, which Fox will release in August 2017, and Goddard’s upcoming screen projects include Marvel’s Netflix series The Defenders, which he is executive producing. Zahler is no stranger to filmmaking either: He made his directing debut last year with the western Bone Tomahawk, which he also wrote.

Deadline first reported the news about Wraiths.

Wraiths of the Broken Land
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