It looks like famed horror movie director Sam Raimi is finally getting back behind the camera to direct a new horror flick!
It has been confirmed that Raimi is teaming up with movie studio Columbia Pictures to direct a new horror-thriller film. Raimi is also going to produce the film with his production company, Raimi Productions, as well as Zainab Azizi. This project was going to hit up buyers earlier last week, but that never happened. That's because when Columbia caught wind of it, they were quick to take it off the table.
The film's script will be written by Mark Swift and Damian Shannon and is based on an original idea. Swift and Shannon were responsible for writing the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th. More recently, the duo is working on their take of A Christmas Carol for AGBO Films; and The Good, the Evil & the Undead for Legendary. Raimi has worked with them in the past on a still-in-development film project at Skydance that concerns the Bermuda Triangle.
The actual details of this new film are far and few between at this point. But what we do know is that sources have described the project as "Misery meets Cast Away". Misery was a 1990 film adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel that shared the same name that won actress Kathy Bates an Oscar for Best Actress. Conversely, 2000's Cast Away starred Tom Hanks in a dramatic movie about survival. Both films are extremely different, so it'll be interesting to see how this unique combination will work well together.
"I am thrilled to be reunited with Columbia Pictures and reteaming with [Sony Motion Picture Group president] Sanford [Panitch] and [Columbia executive VP production] Ange [Giannetti]. I have been a fan of Shannon and Swift and we have found the perfect adventure to share with the world," Raimi said in a statement late last week regarding doing this new project.
Meanwhile, Raimi's history in the horror genre is already extensive. He directed the 1981 cult classic The Evil Dead, as well as its two sequels- 1987's Evil Dead II and 1992's Army of Darkness. He then took a break from the horror genre to direct the Spider-Man trilogy that had Toey Maguire playing the titular hero. The last horror film Raimi directed before this was 2009's Drag Me to Hell. He's since spent more time producing horror movies such as 2013's Evil Dead reboot (directed by Fede Alvarez), and 2019's Crawl (directed by Alexandre Aja). So to see him directing a new movie will be exciting for fans who love his films. Needless to say, we can't wait to hear more details about it!