Sam Raimi is involved in a lot of projects these days as a producer and director, but the last time he actually wrote us something was 2009's Drag Me to Hell. He'd like that to change, and in an interview with Shock Till You Drop, he revealed that he and his brother Ivan (his co-writer on Drag Me to Hell) were currently writing a screenplay for a new horror movie, but it's still in the early stages: "It's a very simple story about a character, we're trying to figure out what they want, it's all of the basic stuff - how they come involved with this darker force. There's nothing much to tell [yet], I've got a three-page treatment we're working off of right now." And that is all the fiercely generic red meat we get for now... which we'll all gladly take. It's just nice to know it's happening. (via Shock Till You Drop) Read the rest
There is so much exciting news involved in this story that I'll just give it to you bit by bit: Sam Raimi is producing a movie called Murder of a Cat, which is about a guy who discovers that his recently deceased cat was leading a double life with another owner. That guy will be played by Fran Kranz, who was most recently seen in that other amazing Joss Whedon movie released this year, The Cabin in the Woods. As if this couldn't get any more fun, he will be directed by Gillian Greene-Raimi, wife of Sam, making her debut as a feature director. This movie was made for the geekiest faction of the internet. This movie was made...for us. Read the rest
Well aware that there is a great deal of fan concern over the new Evil Dead movie coming out next year, Sam Raimi spoke with MTV about how it not only has his seal of approval, but it is going to be actually scary and worth your time. Seriously. You have to believe him. Here are some reassuring quotes from both him and his co-producer Bruce Campbell, who is similarly begging for everyone to believe him on this one:
"I just think [director] Fede Alvarez has really made a great horror movie," he said. "It's scary. The actors are great in it. It's really gut-wrenching, real low budget and intense."
Geek Tyrant also submits this older quote from Campbell, which paired with Raimi's makes this a little easier to deal with, despite the lack of Campbell (like adding Stevia to a bowl of lemons that might also have dirt in it):
You can expect to have a damn scary horror movie. There's no Ash character -- The Evil Book is going to torment a new set of kids, so it's a remake, or a re-imagining or ... a re-whatever word you want to use. It's going to be re-scary.
In other words, Raimi and Campbell need to know what they need to do to make you trust them on this because nothing seems to be working.
Sam Raimi says new Evil Dead movie is gut-wrenching [Geek Tyrant] Read the rest
It was revealed that Sam Raimi will not be directing a movie based on Blizzard's World of Warcraft after all, perhaps because while doing research, he could not be torn away from his computer after becoming hopelessly addicted to the game. Or he just was too busy making Oz the Great and Powerful. And so the geeks wept. (via The Escapist) Read the rest