Ridley Scott and Drew Goddard Are Reteaming for Wraiths of the Broken Land, an Adaptation That Will Probably Have Fewer Jokes Than The Martian

Ridley Scott. Photo: Jason LaVeris/Getty Images

Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox is getting Drew Goddard and Ridley Scott back together so The Martian's writing-directing team can next adapt S. Craig Zahler's Wraiths of the Broken Land. When it was published in 2013, the source material marked novel number two for Zahler, also a cinematographer and screenwriter who made his directorial debut with last year's Bone Tomahawk. His Wraiths is a similarly violent horror-western, about a search for captive sisters near the Mexican border. Or, as the book's publisher, Raw Dog Screaming Press, describes it:

Wraiths of the Broken Land is like no Western you’ve ever seen or read. Desperate to reclaim two kidnapped sisters who were forced into prostitution, the Plugfords storm across the badlands and blast their way through Hell. This gritty, character-driven piece will have you by the throat from the very first page and drag you across sharp rocks for its unrelenting duration. Prepare yourself for a savage Western experience that combines elements of Horror, Noir and Asian ultra-violence.

That said, no need to worry about this big-screen collaboration sneaking its way to a Best Comedy or Musical Globe.