Sam Raimi is here in Austin to show his new horror movie Drag Me to Hell. (In case you missed it, here is my review of that movie.) While he’s here, Raimi did some press to answer a few questions about upcoming projects where he may or may not return to beloved franchises.
The first was Spider-Man 4, which he reluctantly agreed to make with some big dollar prodding from Sony. Tobey Maguire is already set to return, but Kirsten Dunst hasn’t officially boarded the project.
Raimi told MTV he “can’t imagine” making a Spider-Man without Dunst. I can’t imagine why. She would of course play Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s love interest in the series. The script seems to be in the early stages, so if negotiations don’t work out we could be seeing a more talented actress vying for his affections. Someone else is capable of playing a damsel in distress, I’m sure.
Continuing on about the script, Raimi says no villain(s) have been decided on yet, but they will all come from Stan Lee’s creations. He stressed that Sony wants to carefully announce the antagonist or antagonists once they have been cemented into the plot. He also said they’re only working on the story for a fourth and not considering shooting back-to-back sequels as previously rumored.
It’s looking very unlikely Raimi will make a fourth Evil Dead movie. The last one, Army of Darkness, was in 1992 and he’s clearly moved on from the series. Star of the movies Bruce Campbell has even said he doesn’t plan to return. However, Raimi is considering bringing in new blood to remake the original with today’s special effects capabilities.
“It was always meant for the big screen, but never really seen on the big screen,” Raimi told IGN. “What you could do with it now would be so much better.”
Spider-Man 4 is scheduled for May 6, 2011, so there’s a ways to go before story details, casting, and set photos leak on the Internet. I’ll keep you posted though.