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Writer/director/producer Sam Raimi has a lot on his plate right now. The Evil Dead creator currently has more than 20 projects-in-development, with another handful in some form of pre-production. Of course, not all of them are going to get made, but a lot of them will, and we wanted to look at 10 upcoming Sam Raimi projects that will most likely get made. Be sure to check back with us next week for our follow-up piece: 10 Upcoming Projects From Sam Raimi That Probably WON’T Happen. Let us know what you think of our picks, and tell us in the comments which upcoming Sam Raimi movie you’re most excited for!

Don’t Breathe 2

What We Know So Far: Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe, the follow-up to his 2013 remake of Evil Dead, further established the director as one of the most original and entertaining new voices in horror. This home invasion thriller starred Stephen Lang as a blind war veteran with an increased sense of space. When three amateur thieves – played by Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, and Daniel Zovatto – attempt to steal a large sum of money from inside the man’s house, they’re treated to a rude awakening as it becomes painfully clear that not all of them – or perhaps none of them – will make it out alive. The ending saw Levy’s Rocky watch as the man was heralded as a local hero on the news, free to roam the streets and pursue her to the ends of the earth.

While we don’t know much about the sequel, Alvarez has already committed to it, and Stephen Lang has confirmed – unequivocally – that there will be a sequel. So, barring some act of God, the chances of this movie happening are not only probable, but we might be sitting down to see Don’t Breathe 2 as early as 2020.

Producing or Directing: Producing

Project Strength: 4.5 out of 5 Sam Raimis

The Grudge

What We Know So Far: As the third Grudge film to bear Sam Raimi’s name – and the 13th in total, including the Japanese productions – you might think that audiences have gotten all they can get out of this franchise. They’ve had a pretty damn good run, all things considered, but the franchise ended with more of a whimper than a bang when Sadako vs. Kayako (AKA The Ring vs. The Grudge) ended up underperforming with audiences despite a lot of anticipation. The latest American remake, however, seems to be taking itself a little more seriously than its predecessors, filling out the cast with a number of top-notch actors and hiring a director who seems to actually know what he’s doing.

In addition to the announcement that John Cho, Andrea Riseborough, Lin Shaye, and Demián Bechir would be joining the cast, it was also revealed that director Nicolas Pesce – whose 2016 debut The Eyes of My Mother was a hit with audiences and critics alike – would be helming the film. All in all, Raimi and co. seem to be going for timeless here. The same cannot be said about the previous American Grudge films, so let’s hope this one turns out better than its predecessors, especially since mainstream horror is all the rage these days.

Producing or Directing: Producing

Project Strength: 5 out of 5 Sam Raimis

The Kingkiller Chronicle

What We Know So Far: Earlier this year, it was announced that Raimi would be directing an adaptation of The Kingkiller Chronicle, a popular series of fantasy novels by Patrick Rothfuss. The project was launched in 2016 when Lin-Manuel Miranda signed on to serve as a creative producer, with Raimi signing on to direct in January 2018. Raimi will be directing a screenplay by Lindsey Beer, a popular up-and-comer who already has her name on a number of high-profile Hollywood projects, including the upcoming Masters of the Universe movie from Aaron and Adam Nee. As for The Kingkiller Chronicle, there are currently two books – The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear – in the planned trilogy, but there’s no release date for the final installment just yet.

According to a synopsis of the source material, “The plot is divided into two different action threads: the present, in which Kvothe tells the story of his life to Devan Lochees (known as Chronicler) in the Waystone Inn, and Kvothe’s past, which makes up the majority of the first two books. The present-day interludes are in the third person from the perspective of multiple characters, while the story of Kvothe’s life is told entirely in the first person from his own perspective. The series also contains many metafictional stories-within-stories from varying perspectives, most of which are recounted by Kvothe, having been heard from other characters in his past.” The film is currently in pre-production, and we can reasonably expect the movie to be released as early as 2019.

Producing or Directing: Directing

Project Strength: 5 out of 5 Sam Raimis

World War III

What We Know So Far: At some point in early 2016, Sam Raimi signed on to direct a film based on the writings of George Friedman. Specifically, his “non-fiction bestseller, The Next 100 Years: A Forecast For the 21st Century.” In his book, Friedman predicts that the US conflict in the Middle East will be solved and replaced with a second Cold War with Russia. Additionally, Friedman predicts that Mexico will emerge as a major world power, that the US will experience a Golden Age in the second half of the 21st century, and that there will, in fact, be a World War III, albeit one fought with smaller armies and fewer casualties. However, it’s unlikely that anybody could’ve predicted the 2016 Presidential Election, and addressing it would be almost unavoidable if Raimi intends to make a fact-based film. We haven’t heard much about the project since it was announced in 2016, and it’s possible that Raimi has put it on hold in favor of more attractive ideas.

 

According to a synopsis of Friedman’s book, “In his long-awaited and provocative new book, George Friedman turns his eye on the future—offering a lucid, highly readable forecast of the changes we can expect around the world during the twenty-first century. He explains where and why future wars will erupt (and how they will be fought), which nations will gain and lose economic and political power, and how new technologies and cultural trends will alter the way we live in the new century. The Next 100 Years draws on a fascinating exploration of history and geopolitical patterns dating back hundreds of years. Friedman shows that we are now, for the first time in half a millennium, at the dawn of a new era—with changes in store.”

Producing or Directing: Directing

Project Strength: 2 and a half out of 5 Sam Raimis

Crawl

What We Know So Far: Of all the projects on this list, this is by far the most recent and subject to change. Earlier this month, it was announced that Sam Raimi would be producing a horror movie called Crawl, about a woman who must rescue her father and escape a pack of hungry alligators during a Category 5 hurricane. Raimi’s clearly been itching to return to his horror-comedy roots, and this latest project – which will be directed by Piranha‘s Alexandre Aja – is a great opportunity to introduce his unique brand of filmmaking to a new generation of moviegoers. Raimi has been hesitant to go all out with his recent directorial efforts. The closest he got was 2009’s Drag Me to Hell, but even that film’s wildest moments felt subdued in comparison to the delirious highs of the Evil Dead trilogy.

It helps that low-budget shlock is back in style. The rise of franchises like Sharknado and Blumhouse’s low-budget-high-return business model has given once-fringe filmmakers like Sam Raimi an opportunity to thrive in the mainstream. Of course, Raimi’s trilogy of Spider-Man films grossed more than a billion dollars in the US alone, but when it comes to the films that made him famous, he hasn’t had an opportunity to return to that style. That said, his work as a producer on Starz’s Ash vs. Evil Dead gives us hope that he’ll be able to replicate that success with a number of low-budget horror films in the years to come.

Producing or Directing: Producing

Project Strength: 4 out of 5 Sam Raimis

“Noir”

What We Know So Far: Raimi is also involved in an upcoming TV series starring Rebecca Breeds (Pretty Little Liars). The project, an adaptation of the popular anime series, was first announced in 2010 when fans were still hoping that Raimi would direct Spider-Man 4. It’s taken the writers and producers nearly a decade to get Noir on-screen, but the plan is to have the show premiere at some point this year, though it’s likely that a 2019 release date would be more feasible, especially since the year is almost halfway over and we still haven’t heard anything about this one. According to IMDb, Raimi will be producing alongside Steve Lightfoot – who’s also writing – Joshua Donen, and Rob Tapert. In addition to Lightfoot, writing credits are currently ascribed to Sean Jablonski, Ethan Reiff, and Cyrus Voris.

According to a synopsis for the original anime, which ran for 26 episodes in 2001, “the series follows the story of two young female assassins who embark together on a personal journey to seek answers about mysteries from their past. While they seem to be only vaguely related to each other at first, there are clues and hints given throughout the series that there is more than what meets their eyes. During the course of the series, they are lured into more and more traps by a secret organization named Les Soldats.” We have no idea if/when this project will premiere, or where we’ll be able to watch it, but we’d like to have hope that Raimi will follow through on adapting Noir for American audiences, especially since a lead has already been cast.

Producing or Directing: Producing

Project Strength: 3 out of 5 Sam Raimis

Evil Dead 2

What We Know So Far: Another Fede Alvarez project, the upcoming sequel to his 2013 remake starring Jane Levy – who also starred in Don’t Breathe and is expected to return for the sequel – has gone from possibility to reality faster than we expected. Alvarez recently posted a poll on Twitter, asking his fans what his next project should be. Evil Dead 2 received a staggering 70% of the vote, while Don’t Breathe 2 received just 20%. Knowing this, it’s likely that Alvarez would want to make Evil Dead 2 his next project, but ultimately a Twitter poll isn’t going to determine whether or not the movie actually gets made. However, if Raimi wants to focus more on horror films right now, producing Evil Dead 2 might be in his best interest.

Alvarez’s 2013 remake allowed fans to breathe a collective sigh of relief. I was able to go to a preview screening of the film followed by a Q&A with Alvarez, and I’ll never forget the first fan who stood up to ask a question just said, “I wanted to say thank you…for not fucking it up.” And I think that’s a sentiment echoed by most fans of Raimi’s original. If someone is going to do a sequel, it should be Alvarez and Raimi, and it should be sooner than later. With Ash vs. Evil Dead getting the axe after just three seasons, fans are itching for more Evil Dead as soon as possible, even if we’ll never see Bruce Campbell play Ash ever again.

Producing or Directing: Producing

Project Strength: 3 and a half out of 5 Sam Raimis

A Prophet

What We Know So Far: Originally an Oscar-nominated international film from 2009, A Prophet tells the story of a small-time criminal who rises through the ranks of an organized crime syndicate, going in and out of prison for a majority of his life. Surprisingly, Sam Raimi has signed on to direct an American remake of A Prophet from a screenplay by Dennis Lehane, the novelist behind Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, who adapted his own short story into 2014’s The Drop starring Tom Hardy and the late, great James Gandolfini. A Prophet was originally directed by Jacques Audiard, who went on to helm a number of critically acclaimed films including Dheepan and Rust & Bone. The decision to bring on Sam Raimi is an odd one, to be sure, but it also makes weirdly perfect sense.

Raimi has shown his affinity for crime thrillers with projects like A Simple Plan, The Quick and the Dead, and even Darkman. A more seasoned Sam Raimi might actually be the perfect person to helm an American remake of A Prophet. He’d undoubtedly make it entirely his own, and I’d be curious to see what he’d come up with. It also helps that the original was released by Sony, who presumably owns the rights to the story and who just so happen to have a great relationship with Sam Raimi. The original film is one of my all-time favorites, so this is basically a dream project for me, but realistically if he does do it, it won’t be for some time. Raimi’s involvement was announced back in 2016, but we haven’t heard anything since then, and it’s clear that there are other movies Raimi would rather be making.

Producing or Directing: Directing

Project Strength: 2 and a half out of 5 Sam Raimis

Bermuda Triangle

What We Know So Far: This is probably the only movie on this list that should remain an idea. There are currently three movies in development about the Bermuda Triangle: one at Warner Bros., one at Universal, and one at Skydance. The latter, and the one with the smallest chance of being successful is the one that’s been thrown in Sam Raimi’s lap. With a screenplay from Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard – the guys behind the Sorcerer’s Apprentice movie and the Prince of Persia movie, which are two of the worst adaptations of all time – Raimi has almost no chance of salvaging this project, for numerous reasons. The script is most likely garbage, the studio obviously wants to cash in on the “trend” of exploiting the Bermuda Triangle (for some reason), and I can’t imagine that Raimi himself is enthusiastic about this one.

The only way this could work is if Raimi just goes full Sharknado with it. If he cranks everything up to 11 and churns out the corniest, most overblown action-thriller movie ever made, Bermuda Triangle has a shot at finding success with cult audiences, but there’s no way in hell audiences are going to sit through three different Bermuda Triangle movies, and Raimi just isn’t enough of a household name to draw an audience on merit alone. Unfortunately, if Raimi has any shot at doing something interesting with this, he might have to Spider-Man 3 the whole thing and intentionally tank the entire production. Even more unfortunate is the fact that Skydance seems pretty set on getting this movie made.

Producing or Directing: Directing

Project Strength: 3 out of 5 Sam Raimis

Angelfall

What We Know So Far: And finally, there’s Angelfall, which Raimi signed on to direct in 2012. The story is based on a novel of the same name that was published in 2011, the first in a trilogy by Susan Ee. Otherwise known as the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy, Angelfall is the first planned film in what would presumably a trilogy of adaptations from Raimi and his producing partner/Xena: Warrior Princess co-creator Robert Tapert. Although there hasn’t been word on the adaptation since it was announced, I have reason to believe that Raimi will want to move forward with Angelfall in the somewhat near future. The world needs a good post-apocalyptic YA film franchise, and Sam Raimi could be the person to give it to us.

According to a synopsis of the original book, “the story is set weeks after angels of the apocalypse wreak revenge against mankind for the killing of Archangel Gabriel. When 17-year-old Penryn fails to escort her mother and wheelchair-bound sister to safety, she teams with a handsome young angel with clipped wings, braving evil seraphs, human gangs and cannibals in a quest to find her sister.” There’s no word when Raimi could begin working on the project, but expect it sometime after the slew of horror films he’s set to produce and direct.

Producing or Directing: Both.

Project Strength: 2 and a half out of 5 Sam Raimis

Stay tuned for our follow-up list: 10 Upcoming Sam Raimi Projects That Probably WON’T Happen!


Images: Screen Gems, Sony, Penguin Books, Dimension Films, Naughty Dog, Sony, TVTokyo, ThisMan.org, The WB, Susan Ee

10 Upcoming Projects From Sam Raimi That Probably WILL Happen

Expect to see Sam Raimi's name a lot in the next few years: this guy has his name on everything!

By Josef Rodriguez | 05/14/2018 03:00 PM PT

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Writer/director/producer Sam Raimi has a lot on his plate right now. The Evil Dead creator currently has more than 20 projects-in-development, with another handful in some form of pre-production. Of course, not all of them are going to get made, but a lot of them will, and we wanted to look at 10 upcoming Sam Raimi projects that will most likely get made. Be sure to check back with us next week for our follow-up piece: 10 Upcoming Projects From Sam Raimi That Probably WON’T Happen. Let us know what you think of our picks, and tell us in the comments which upcoming Sam Raimi movie you’re most excited for!

Don’t Breathe 2

What We Know So Far: Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe, the follow-up to his 2013 remake of Evil Dead, further established the director as one of the most original and entertaining new voices in horror. This home invasion thriller starred Stephen Lang as a blind war veteran with an increased sense of space. When three amateur thieves – played by Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, and Daniel Zovatto – attempt to steal a large sum of money from inside the man’s house, they’re treated to a rude awakening as it becomes painfully clear that not all of them – or perhaps none of them – will make it out alive. The ending saw Levy’s Rocky watch as the man was heralded as a local hero on the news, free to roam the streets and pursue her to the ends of the earth.

While we don’t know much about the sequel, Alvarez has already committed to it, and Stephen Lang has confirmed – unequivocally – that there will be a sequel. So, barring some act of God, the chances of this movie happening are not only probable, but we might be sitting down to see Don’t Breathe 2 as early as 2020.

Producing or Directing: Producing

Project Strength: 4.5 out of 5 Sam Raimis

The Grudge

What We Know So Far: As the third Grudge film to bear Sam Raimi’s name – and the 13th in total, including the Japanese productions – you might think that audiences have gotten all they can get out of this franchise. They’ve had a pretty damn good run, all things considered, but the franchise ended with more of a whimper than a bang when Sadako vs. Kayako (AKA The Ring vs. The Grudge) ended up underperforming with audiences despite a lot of anticipation. The latest American remake, however, seems to be taking itself a little more seriously than its predecessors, filling out the cast with a number of top-notch actors and hiring a director who seems to actually know what he’s doing.

In addition to the announcement that John Cho, Andrea Riseborough, Lin Shaye, and Demián Bechir would be joining the cast, it was also revealed that director Nicolas Pesce – whose 2016 debut The Eyes of My Mother was a hit with audiences and critics alike – would be helming the film. All in all, Raimi and co. seem to be going for timeless here. The same cannot be said about the previous American Grudge films, so let’s hope this one turns out better than its predecessors, especially since mainstream horror is all the rage these days.

Producing or Directing: Producing

Project Strength: 5 out of 5 Sam Raimis

The Kingkiller Chronicle

What We Know So Far: Earlier this year, it was announced that Raimi would be directing an adaptation of The Kingkiller Chronicle, a popular series of fantasy novels by Patrick Rothfuss. The project was launched in 2016 when Lin-Manuel Miranda signed on to serve as a creative producer, with Raimi signing on to direct in January 2018. Raimi will be directing a screenplay by Lindsey Beer, a popular up-and-comer who already has her name on a number of high-profile Hollywood projects, including the upcoming Masters of the Universe movie from Aaron and Adam Nee. As for The Kingkiller Chronicle, there are currently two books – The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear – in the planned trilogy, but there’s no release date for the final installment just yet.

According to a synopsis of the source material, “The plot is divided into two different action threads: the present, in which Kvothe tells the story of his life to Devan Lochees (known as Chronicler) in the Waystone Inn, and Kvothe’s past, which makes up the majority of the first two books. The present-day interludes are in the third person from the perspective of multiple characters, while the story of Kvothe’s life is told entirely in the first person from his own perspective. The series also contains many metafictional stories-within-stories from varying perspectives, most of which are recounted by Kvothe, having been heard from other characters in his past.” The film is currently in pre-production, and we can reasonably expect the movie to be released as early as 2019.

Producing or Directing: Directing

Project Strength: 5 out of 5 Sam Raimis

World War III

What We Know So Far: At some point in early 2016, Sam Raimi signed on to direct a film based on the writings of George Friedman. Specifically, his “non-fiction bestseller, The Next 100 Years: A Forecast For the 21st Century.” In his book, Friedman predicts that the US conflict in the Middle East will be solved and replaced with a second Cold War with Russia. Additionally, Friedman predicts that Mexico will emerge as a major world power, that the US will experience a Golden Age in the second half of the 21st century, and that there will, in fact, be a World War III, albeit one fought with smaller armies and fewer casualties. However, it’s unlikely that anybody could’ve predicted the 2016 Presidential Election, and addressing it would be almost unavoidable if Raimi intends to make a fact-based film. We haven’t heard much about the project since it was announced in 2016, and it’s possible that Raimi has put it on hold in favor of more attractive ideas.

 

According to a synopsis of Friedman’s book, “In his long-awaited and provocative new book, George Friedman turns his eye on the future—offering a lucid, highly readable forecast of the changes we can expect around the world during the twenty-first century. He explains where and why future wars will erupt (and how they will be fought), which nations will gain and lose economic and political power, and how new technologies and cultural trends will alter the way we live in the new century. The Next 100 Years draws on a fascinating exploration of history and geopolitical patterns dating back hundreds of years. Friedman shows that we are now, for the first time in half a millennium, at the dawn of a new era—with changes in store.”

Producing or Directing: Directing

Project Strength: 2 and a half out of 5 Sam Raimis

Crawl

What We Know So Far: Of all the projects on this list, this is by far the most recent and subject to change. Earlier this month, it was announced that Sam Raimi would be producing a horror movie called Crawl, about a woman who must rescue her father and escape a pack of hungry alligators during a Category 5 hurricane. Raimi’s clearly been itching to return to his horror-comedy roots, and this latest project – which will be directed by Piranha‘s Alexandre Aja – is a great opportunity to introduce his unique brand of filmmaking to a new generation of moviegoers. Raimi has been hesitant to go all out with his recent directorial efforts. The closest he got was 2009’s Drag Me to Hell, but even that film’s wildest moments felt subdued in comparison to the delirious highs of the Evil Dead trilogy.

It helps that low-budget shlock is back in style. The rise of franchises like Sharknado and Blumhouse’s low-budget-high-return business model has given once-fringe filmmakers like Sam Raimi an opportunity to thrive in the mainstream. Of course, Raimi’s trilogy of Spider-Man films grossed more than a billion dollars in the US alone, but when it comes to the films that made him famous, he hasn’t had an opportunity to return to that style. That said, his work as a producer on Starz’s Ash vs. Evil Dead gives us hope that he’ll be able to replicate that success with a number of low-budget horror films in the years to come.

Producing or Directing: Producing

Project Strength: 4 out of 5 Sam Raimis

“Noir”

What We Know So Far: Raimi is also involved in an upcoming TV series starring Rebecca Breeds (Pretty Little Liars). The project, an adaptation of the popular anime series, was first announced in 2010 when fans were still hoping that Raimi would direct Spider-Man 4. It’s taken the writers and producers nearly a decade to get Noir on-screen, but the plan is to have the show premiere at some point this year, though it’s likely that a 2019 release date would be more feasible, especially since the year is almost halfway over and we still haven’t heard anything about this one. According to IMDb, Raimi will be producing alongside Steve Lightfoot – who’s also writing – Joshua Donen, and Rob Tapert. In addition to Lightfoot, writing credits are currently ascribed to Sean Jablonski, Ethan Reiff, and Cyrus Voris.

According to a synopsis for the original anime, which ran for 26 episodes in 2001, “the series follows the story of two young female assassins who embark together on a personal journey to seek answers about mysteries from their past. While they seem to be only vaguely related to each other at first, there are clues and hints given throughout the series that there is more than what meets their eyes. During the course of the series, they are lured into more and more traps by a secret organization named Les Soldats.” We have no idea if/when this project will premiere, or where we’ll be able to watch it, but we’d like to have hope that Raimi will follow through on adapting Noir for American audiences, especially since a lead has already been cast.

Producing or Directing: Producing

Project Strength: 3 out of 5 Sam Raimis

Evil Dead 2

What We Know So Far: Another Fede Alvarez project, the upcoming sequel to his 2013 remake starring Jane Levy – who also starred in Don’t Breathe and is expected to return for the sequel – has gone from possibility to reality faster than we expected. Alvarez recently posted a poll on Twitter, asking his fans what his next project should be. Evil Dead 2 received a staggering 70% of the vote, while Don’t Breathe 2 received just 20%. Knowing this, it’s likely that Alvarez would want to make Evil Dead 2 his next project, but ultimately a Twitter poll isn’t going to determine whether or not the movie actually gets made. However, if Raimi wants to focus more on horror films right now, producing Evil Dead 2 might be in his best interest.

Alvarez’s 2013 remake allowed fans to breathe a collective sigh of relief. I was able to go to a preview screening of the film followed by a Q&A with Alvarez, and I’ll never forget the first fan who stood up to ask a question just said, “I wanted to say thank you…for not fucking it up.” And I think that’s a sentiment echoed by most fans of Raimi’s original. If someone is going to do a sequel, it should be Alvarez and Raimi, and it should be sooner than later. With Ash vs. Evil Dead getting the axe after just three seasons, fans are itching for more Evil Dead as soon as possible, even if we’ll never see Bruce Campbell play Ash ever again.

Producing or Directing: Producing

Project Strength: 3 and a half out of 5 Sam Raimis

A Prophet

What We Know So Far: Originally an Oscar-nominated international film from 2009, A Prophet tells the story of a small-time criminal who rises through the ranks of an organized crime syndicate, going in and out of prison for a majority of his life. Surprisingly, Sam Raimi has signed on to direct an American remake of A Prophet from a screenplay by Dennis Lehane, the novelist behind Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, who adapted his own short story into 2014’s The Drop starring Tom Hardy and the late, great James Gandolfini. A Prophet was originally directed by Jacques Audiard, who went on to helm a number of critically acclaimed films including Dheepan and Rust & Bone. The decision to bring on Sam Raimi is an odd one, to be sure, but it also makes weirdly perfect sense.

Raimi has shown his affinity for crime thrillers with projects like A Simple Plan, The Quick and the Dead, and even Darkman. A more seasoned Sam Raimi might actually be the perfect person to helm an American remake of A Prophet. He’d undoubtedly make it entirely his own, and I’d be curious to see what he’d come up with. It also helps that the original was released by Sony, who presumably owns the rights to the story and who just so happen to have a great relationship with Sam Raimi. The original film is one of my all-time favorites, so this is basically a dream project for me, but realistically if he does do it, it won’t be for some time. Raimi’s involvement was announced back in 2016, but we haven’t heard anything since then, and it’s clear that there are other movies Raimi would rather be making.

Producing or Directing: Directing

Project Strength: 2 and a half out of 5 Sam Raimis

Bermuda Triangle

What We Know So Far: This is probably the only movie on this list that should remain an idea. There are currently three movies in development about the Bermuda Triangle: one at Warner Bros., one at Universal, and one at Skydance. The latter, and the one with the smallest chance of being successful is the one that’s been thrown in Sam Raimi’s lap. With a screenplay from Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard – the guys behind the Sorcerer’s Apprentice movie and the Prince of Persia movie, which are two of the worst adaptations of all time – Raimi has almost no chance of salvaging this project, for numerous reasons. The script is most likely garbage, the studio obviously wants to cash in on the “trend” of exploiting the Bermuda Triangle (for some reason), and I can’t imagine that Raimi himself is enthusiastic about this one.

The only way this could work is if Raimi just goes full Sharknado with it. If he cranks everything up to 11 and churns out the corniest, most overblown action-thriller movie ever made, Bermuda Triangle has a shot at finding success with cult audiences, but there’s no way in hell audiences are going to sit through three different Bermuda Triangle movies, and Raimi just isn’t enough of a household name to draw an audience on merit alone. Unfortunately, if Raimi has any shot at doing something interesting with this, he might have to Spider-Man 3 the whole thing and intentionally tank the entire production. Even more unfortunate is the fact that Skydance seems pretty set on getting this movie made.

Producing or Directing: Directing

Project Strength: 3 out of 5 Sam Raimis

Angelfall

What We Know So Far: And finally, there’s Angelfall, which Raimi signed on to direct in 2012. The story is based on a novel of the same name that was published in 2011, the first in a trilogy by Susan Ee. Otherwise known as the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy, Angelfall is the first planned film in what would presumably a trilogy of adaptations from Raimi and his producing partner/Xena: Warrior Princess co-creator Robert Tapert. Although there hasn’t been word on the adaptation since it was announced, I have reason to believe that Raimi will want to move forward with Angelfall in the somewhat near future. The world needs a good post-apocalyptic YA film franchise, and Sam Raimi could be the person to give it to us.

According to a synopsis of the original book, “the story is set weeks after angels of the apocalypse wreak revenge against mankind for the killing of Archangel Gabriel. When 17-year-old Penryn fails to escort her mother and wheelchair-bound sister to safety, she teams with a handsome young angel with clipped wings, braving evil seraphs, human gangs and cannibals in a quest to find her sister.” There’s no word when Raimi could begin working on the project, but expect it sometime after the slew of horror films he’s set to produce and direct.

Producing or Directing: Both.

Project Strength: 2 and a half out of 5 Sam Raimis

Stay tuned for our follow-up list: 10 Upcoming Sam Raimi Projects That Probably WON’T Happen!


Images: Screen Gems, Sony, Penguin Books, Dimension Films, Naughty Dog, Sony, TVTokyo, ThisMan.org, The WB, Susan Ee

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