Sam Raimi May Direct Afghanistan War Film THE OUTPOST

     June 26, 2014


Filmmaker Sam Raimi hasn’t been quick to choose his next project after last year’s VFX-filled Oz the Great and Powerful for Disney, but we now have something on the horizon for the veteran director.  Raimi will produce and supervise development of an adaptation of Jake Tapper’s book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor with an eye towards possibly directing.  The nonfiction book chronicles the 2009 battle in Afghanistan, 14 miles from the Pakistani border, where 53 Americans were overrun by 400 Taliban fighters.  The conflict resulted in two Medal of Honor recipients, marking the first time the award has been given to two living soldiers for the same battle since 1968.  Hit the jump for more.

the-outpost-moviePer Deadline, The Fighter screenwriters Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson are penning the script for The Outpost under the supervision of Raimi.  The film would certainly mark a change of pace for the director, who has stuck with genre-oriented material since signing on to helm 2002’s Spider-Man.  2009’s Drag Me to Hell was a welcome return to the horror field for Raimi, and I’ve been selfishly hoping to see another horror pic from the director in the near future.

Raimi has never tackled a straight war drama before.  He made a Western with 1995’s The Quick and the Dead, a crime drama with 1998’s A Simple Plan, and a romantic drama with 1999’s For Love of the Game, but it would certainly be interesting to see what a genuine war movie looks like through the lens of Sam Raimi.  The project is likely a ways off since the scripting phase has only just begun, but I‘m definitely curious to see what Raimi settles on for his next directorial project.  Hopefully something considerably less CG-oriented than Oz.

Read the synopsis for The Outpost below:

The heartbreaking and inspiring story of one of America’s deadliest battles during the war in Afghanistan, acclaimed by critics everywhere as a classic. 
At 5:58 AM on October 3rd, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating, located in frighteningly vulnerable terrain in Afghanistan just 14 miles from the Pakistani border, was viciously attacked. Though the 53 Americans there prevailed against nearly 400 Taliban fighters, their casualties made it the deadliest fight of the war for the U.S. that year. Four months after the battle, a Pentagon review revealed that there was no reason for the troops at Keating to have been there in the first place.
In THE OUTPOST, Jake Tapper gives us the powerful saga of COP Keating, from its establishment to eventual destruction, introducing us to an unforgettable cast of soldiers and their families, and to a place and war that has remained profoundly distant to most Americans. A runaway bestseller, it makes a savage war real, and American courage manifest. []

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