Sam Raimi can’t wait to get behind the camera again


Sam Raimi has been in the news lately with his creature feature production, Crawl. In a conversation with Yahoo! Entertainment, the director reveals he would like to helm a movie again.

Spider-Man Nostalgia

Sam Raimi is a popular director. Invariably, whenever anyone compiles a list of classic horror films or Spider-Man productions, his name always makes the list. Recently, he is behind the scenes in the role of producer of Alexandre Aja’s creature feature, Crawl.

Another reason why his name keeps popping up is the release of Spider-Man: Far from Home. It has been 15 years since Spider-Man 2 hit theaters and it has everyone waxing nostalgic.

Even Raimi himself who admittedly geared up to do Spider-Man 4 only to have parted ways with Sony, wonders what might have been. Frankly, so do fans because of the belief that the director was setting up Bruce Campbell to be revealed as Mysterio in the would-be fourth installment of the franchise.

In a recent interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Sam had this to say when asked about the film that never came to fruition:

"“I think about it all the time. So, when you have an unborn one, you can’t help but think what might have been.”"

The Evil Dead Merry-Go-Round

We feel the same way, Sam but like you, we are looking toward the future. Which brings us to the topic of Evil Dead. Speculations are at an all time high on the internet and social media since Sam revealed that he and his partners, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell are discussing delving into the Deadite universe again.

Now, it is a game of will they or won’t they? Particularly when it comes to Sam and Bruce. Fans want to see Sam behind the camera and Bruce reprising his role as Ash Williams. While I understand it, I really don’t see it happening for Campbell because he is adamant about wanting to move on and focus more on producing and casting the next incarnation.

I know that isn’t what fans want to hear but sometimes we don’t get what we want. And you know what? All three of those men are creative and talented so whatever direction they choose to pursue is going to be absolutely amazing.

The Water Is Warm, Sam!

What has come out of all this fan and media frenzy is a little nugget of information from Sam Raimi that is fried gold. Everyone has been awaiting his return to directing. It has been a long time since he stepped behind the camera.

Acutely aware that he is missed by moviegoers and happy that they want to see his work, the director is looking to helm a feature.

"“I’m just trying to find the right script. I don’t want to let people down, and if I can find the right script, I’ll jump right in. I can’t wait.”"

The Dynamic Duo

For someone who admires Raimi’s work intensely, this is music to my ears. Sure, I would like to see him stamp his creative vision on a new Evil Dead film but I would rather have him go in a totally new direction and take Bruce Campbell with him.

One of my favorite films that ticks all the boxes for me is the brilliant, A Simple Plan. It is character driven and although there are no horror elements to it, it was compelling to watch. A small, intimate, thriller would be ideal.

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It would be interesting to watch Campbell play someone who is facing a moral dilemma, a role which allows him to have a rich character arc, a part that he can sink his teeth into like Carl Metushka in Running Time.

Better yet, Bruce has an idea for a simple horror story involving one person in a room that he talked about on Eli Roth’s History of Horror podcast. Why not try that with Raimi and Campbell penning the script and Sam behind the camera?

Even a western would be interesting territory to explore considering that Bruce has been wanting to do one for quite some time or even reaching back into the pair’s Super-8 past, and doing a witty farce or comedy. Audiences could use a little laughter in their lives.

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The point I am making is if and when Sam Raimi comes back to directing, (and frankly it is sounding like when) there is more than the Evil Dead universe to explore. Frankly, I can’t wait to see what path he takes.

If you could pick a genre other than horror for Sam Raimi to direct, what would you choose? Let us know in the comments. We want to hear from you.