Sam Raimi Directing a Low Budget Horror Then Maybe Hobbit!!
Spider-Man director and mega-geek Sam Raimi has chimed in with an update on his full schedule. Up first is a horror flick titled Drag Me to Hell which will take Raimi back to his Evil Dead roots. But after that, Raimi is possibly going to direct The Hobbit. Yep, you heard me right, Raimi is clearing up his schedule to take on The Hobbit. If I must take a moment to catch my fanboy breath here. First, my favorite geek director Sam Raimi is going back to direct another horror movie in the style of Evil Dead?! THEN he is going on to direct The Hobbit?! This has to be the greatest day for news ever.
Drag Me to Hell is a "morality tale about the unwitting recipient of a supernatural curse" and it will go into production early next year, probably aiming for release around the October timeframe. The script was written by Sam and his brother Ivan quite a while ago under the title The Curse, and was finished after they made Army of Darkness back in 1992. With boatloads of money under his belt, I guess Raimi has been looking to go back to his roots and direct another low-budget horror flick, and Drag Me to Hell is it. "The appeal to Sam on 'Drag Me to Hell' was returning to what he had once done and loved doing, which was entertaining a very specific group of fans and providing a roller coaster ride for them"
Ghost House co-founder Rob Tapert talks about the film:
"Sam calls it a 'spook-a-blast,' a wild ride with all the chills and spills that 'Evil Dead' delivered, without relying on the excessive violence of that film," Tapert said. "When one has done three very expensive movies, they get used to eating caviar. Sam will have to ponder what it means to come down from the mountaintop for a moment."
Then the Variety article goes on to speculate that "Raimi is expected to go right back up the mountaintop and take the helm of The Hobbit films." Raimi has previously expressed his interest in The Hobbit, but said that he wouldn't actively pursue the job unless Jackson clearly stated that he wasn't directing. And if you remember Tuesdays's news, Jackson has cleared up his issues with New Line and is producing but NOT directing. This leaves the door wide open for Raimi. And with three $800 million (worldwide) plus movies under his belt, I don't know why New Line would want to pick anyone else.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again - Raimi was one of maybe two people (Guillermo del Toro being the other) that I would actually approve to direct The Hobbit. Ever since the rumors started about Jackson not returning on the films, I have been nervous as hell. I'm worried that New Line will choose some awful director that will ruin the franchise. But it looks like that's not the case! I'm crossing my fingers that all of this support and praise now will give Raimi the boost he needs to get in there and fight for the director's chair!
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