Sam Raimi's next film described as Misery meets Castaway

The Evil Dead creator has signed on to direct a horror-thriller set on an island.
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Sam Raimi is reportedly set to direct his first feature film since helming the Marvel sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in 2022. His next film, titled Send Help, is being described as a story that falls "somewhere between Rob Reiner's Stephen King adaptation Misery and Robert Zemeckis' classic Castaway," says Deadline.

It should be noted that Send Help, which is in development at 20th Century Studios, has not been officially greenlit yet. Raimi's last original horror movie was the 2009 film Drag Me to Hell, which he also wrote the screenplay for with his brother Ivan Raimi. Since then, he's also continued working on the super successful Evil Dead franchise, which he jumpstarted with the original 1981 film.

Decades later, and Evil Dead is still going strong, with the latest entry Evil Dead Rise raking in over $147 million at the box office. Raimi also developed the spinoff television series Ash vs. the Evil Dead, which ran for three seasons from 2015 to 2018.

Send Help will be based on a script written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. Raimi is set to produce alongside Zainab Azizi under his Raimi Productions banner and the movie is supposedly being prepared for a potential theatrical release. Not many other details are available for Send Help just yet.

As for Evil Dead, there are currently two new movies in the works, one that has Infested director Sébastien Vaniček attached. Raimi served as an executive producer on Evil Dead Rise and will presumably continue working on the franchise in a producer capacity moving forward.

Raimi is also producing the upcoming horror-thriller film Don't Move, which will be distributed by Netflix and follows a seasoned killer as he injects a woman with a paralytic agent, forcing her to try to escape while her body shuts down. Finn Wittrock and Kelsey Asbille will star.