Sam Raimi is looking to make a film that is very different than anything he's ever done before. The director is mostly known for his horror and superhero movies like Evil Dead and Spider-Man. He's now looking to take on a Afghanistan set war drama called The Outpost.
The movie will be based on Jake Tapper's bestselling book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor. Oscar nominated screenwriters Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (The Fighter) have teamed up with the filmmaker to adapt the novel into a screenplay.
The story centers on "the defense of a remote U.S. camp in Eastern Afghanistan by 53 American soldiers as it was overrun by up to four hundred Taliban fighters. The intense and deadly day-long clash resulted in multiple citations including Medals of Honor to two recipients, the first time America’s highest military award has been given to two living soldiers for the same battle since 1968."
Raimi, who last directed Oz The Great and Powerful, had this to say in a statement:
“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 honored to be a part of it.”
As a huge fan and supporter of Raimi's work, I couldn't be more excited that he is taking on this project. It's really great that he's stepping outside of the stuff he is accustomed to doing and trying something new and different to tell a story he's passionate about. There's no doubt in my mind that if he directs this, he'll give us an incredible movie.