Say you have a chance to talk to Sam Raimi about his return to the horror genre, the film Drag Me To Hell, which is showing tonight at SXSW months in advance of its real release (and in what I’m being told is a ‘work in progress’ form). What would you most want to ask him about? If you’re MTV the obvious answer is any movie but the one he actually has coming out, or more specifically, future Spider-Man films.
So, rather than tell us anything of interest about the movie that hits theaters in a couple of weeks, MTV gets lots of non-answers from Raimi about Spider-Man 4. Probably the only really interesting thing they got from him is that, despite other rumors, he’s only working to develop one Spider-Man movie, and is not working on Spider-Man 4 and 5 at once.
“The writers, producers and I are working out what the story will be, but we haven’t been talking in terms of Part 4 and 5.” Raimi told MTV News. “I’ve read that [about ‘Spider-Man 5’] also, but right now we’re just working on the story for ‘Spider-Man 4,’ just that one film.
“We’re definitely talking about working from all the material in the comic books and nothing [invented] outside of that, “Raimi continued. “All the characters or villains or villains [sic – Devin], whatever we decide to do will be from Stan Lee’s creations or those that came after him.”
They get pretty excited about the ‘villains or villains’ qoute, which I guess is supposed to read ‘villain or villains,’ and which I guess they think means there will be multiple villains in the film. Which seems so likely as to not be that interesting. Also not interesting: Raimi wants Kirsten Dunst back in the next film. Since it’s only the hardcore depressing nerds who prickle at the sight of Dunst in these movies, that’s not a huge surprise.
Plenty of people talked to Raimi today; I’m looking forward to an interesting interview where someone asks him about the actual next movie he has coming out, instead of jumping the gun right to the one after that. I’m so sick of the internet getting bored with people’s new work before it even comes out.
Behind every great book adaptation is a forgettable first try. — By Ryan Covey