It has been over a year since Sam Raimi delivered "Oz The Great And Powerful," and while the film took in just under $500 million worldwide, it wasn't all that good and it doesn't seem like Disney is in any rush to return to that world. As for Raimi, he's in no real rush to return to features it seems, busy executive producing no shortage of projects, minus a detour to TV to helm a couple of episodes of "Rake." But he does have a possible new movie cooking.
Deadline reports that Raimi is set to produce and eye the director's chair of "The Outpost," an adaptation of the book by Jake Tapper, with the script from "The Wrestler" scribes Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson. It'll be a change for the flimmaker, with a true story tale focusing on American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. We'll see how development goes but for now, here's the Amazon synopsis:
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.
Meanwhile, Agnieszka Holland is keeping busy. Her next feature "Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead" is gearing up to shoot this fall, so she'll keep busy before then with Deadline reporting she'll return to the world of TV to helm midseason episodes of "House Of Cards." The small screen has been familiar place for Holland of late, helming the recent miniseries "Rosemary's Baby" and "Burning Bush," along with episodes of "Treme" and "The Killing."