Sam Raimi to make 'The Given Day'!

by Joey Paur

Venkman Here with some news regarding Sam Raimi. He is teaming up once again with Columbia Pictures to make a film based on the novel 'The Given Day' by Dennis Lehane. Raimi is also set to produce along with Josh Donen. I am a big fan of both Raimi and Dennis Lehane. His novels are great! If you don't know what he has written you might recognize these movies based on his books. 'Mystic River', 'Gone baby Gone', and 'Shutter Island' which is currently being directed by Martin Scorsese and staring Leonardo DiCaprio. I actually just got finished reading the book and it was incredible! The movie will have Oscar written all over it. Here is what Variety reports:

"The Given Day" is set in 1919 Boston, with the city in turmoil as soldiers are returning home from WWI, having brought back an epidemic of Spanish influenza. Attempts to unionize the police department have set the stage for a historic strike and two cops take center stage."While it deals with many of the same themes as (Lehane's) earlier work, it is also his most ambitious book, tying events of a century ago to the subjects we struggle with today," Raimi said.

The book will be published by HarperCollins on Sept. 23.

Sounds like an interesting story. We still don't know if Raimi will do Spiderman 4, and he is currently talking with Paramount Pictures in reinventing the Jack Ryan Franchise. We'll see where Raimi goes from here. He can't do anything worse than Spiderman 3.

-Dr. Venkman