Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Sam Raimi takes aim at The Outpost

After the fantastical Oz The Great And Powerful (2013), Sam Raimi is considering a very real look at our own world, taking up the film rights to CNN reporter Jake Tapper's book The Outpost: An Untold Story Of American Valor.

Raimi is working with The Fighter's (2010) writing duo Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy to adapt the book, which chronicles the defence of a remote American camp in Eastern Afghanistan. Nearly four hundred Taliban fighters overran the place as the US troops held their ground, resulting in a daylong battle. When it was all over, two of the soldiers involved were handed the Medal of Honor, the first time the award has been given to two people in the same battle since 1968.

"The Outpost is an epic story of bravery, courage, and sacrifice of our men in uniform, and is absolutely a picture meant for the big screen. I'm honoured to be a part of it," Raimi says in a statement picked up by Deadline. He'll produce the film and is looking to direct it if he likes the final script.

Raimi has a number of projects on the go at the moment, including a film based on The Last Of Us and a new version of The Grudge.

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