Raimi Talks Spidey, Hobbit & More

Out doing promotions for this week’s vampire feature “30 Days of Night” which he produced, filmmaker Sam Raimi talked extensively to MTV News about three major film projects he’s been linked to:

Spider-Man 4: “Right now, a writer is being sought to write the next installment. We’re in the very early stages… I won’t be working on the story. It’ll be a brand-new writer coming in with a brand-new story — a fresh take on the Spider-Man series. We’re hearing different versions right now and really enjoying the different stories. Hopefully, we’ll hear one that sounds right for the fourth installment. I’m going to let the writer envision where Peter Parker would go to next” says Raimi. As for a “Venom” film spin-off? “That’s probably for someone else” he says.

Evil Dead 4: “Maybe we’ll make another one; it would be nice to at some point, if I could get together with Bruce and Rob, and we could get a story together and the financing. A lot of things would have to come together, but it would be nice. I think it would probably have to be made as a cheap, cheap picture. That’s the only way it could be true to what it really wants to be” says Raimi.

Evil Dead Remake: “[The remake] is another way we’ve talked about going. We do want to reinvigorate the ‘Evil Dead’ series and either make a fourth installment or find a director to take a new approach to it. So far, we haven’t focused on that enough. But we hope one day to find a director who can bring a new vision to that simple campfire story, that dumb simple story, and bring it to the screen in 35-millimeter and really pack a lot of new punch to it. I look forward to someone else reinterpreting it or going back to the story with part four myself” says Raimi.

The Hobbit: “Well, it really is Peter Jackson’s project, and I wouldn’t make any conditions. If Peter Jackson wanted to direct it, I think that makes the most sense. I’m a giant fan of the book, and of Peter Jackson and his ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. If [Jackson] didn’t want to direct it, and he was producing it, then I would love to be considered for the project” says Raimi.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Raimi also confirmed he’ll produce a new film version of the classic Jules Verne novel “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and is “currently in search of the right director for the project.” Raimi adds “It’s screaming for a reinterpretation, because as great as the other picture was, it was 50 years ago now. [‘Leagues’] is something that has very rich characters, that can be realized in a very different way. I don’t think it’s screaming to be re-envisioned because of the special effects, but that naturally could be updated. There’s a lot of characters and interaction that could be realized to a greater degree in a remake. That’s what makes it so interesting to me.”

The Grudge 3: “There is a sequel to ‘The Grudge,’ and it’s being written right now. I can’t tell you [about the plot yet]. But as soon as the script is done, you’ll have to ask me” says Raimi.