Believe it or not, there were still some tidbits that we weren’t able to squeeze in; read on for news on Raimi’s “Grudge” series, as well as a brand-new project and a classic sci-fi remake.
“’20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ is a really fine screenplay, based on the great Jules Verne novel,” Raimi said of one of his upcoming producing efforts. “It’s currently in search of the right director for the project.”
Telling the tale of Captain Nemo and his adventures in the submarine Nautilus, “Leagues” would be getting its second take on the silver screen. “I’m a big fan of the first book, as well as the Disney movie that was made many years later in the 1950s,” he explained. “It’s screaming for a reinterpretation, because as great as the other picture was, it was 50 years ago now.”
Clearly enthused by the idea, Raimi continued: “[’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 filmmaker also plans to produce an intense, low-budget film that he envisions as a throwback to his “Evil Dead” days. “We have one called ’Drag Me to Hell,’ which is in the earliest stages of pre-production right now — It’s the story of a curse. Real bad things happen,” he grinned, adding that the film will be made by his Second Unit man on the “Spider-Man” films. “We have a director — Jeff Lynch is his name — and this is his first feature film.”
Finally, Raimi confirmed that a third film in his infamous spooky-child series is on the way. “There is a sequel to ’The Grudge,’ and it’s being written right now,” he explained. “I can’t tell you [about the plot yet]. But as soon as the script is done, you’ll have to ask me.”