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Sam Raimi Returns to Horror Genre after 15 Years with "Send Help"


Thu 11 Jul 2024 | 03:25 PM
Sam Raimi
Sam Raimi
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Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Drag Me to Hell) hasn't helmed a horror movie since that latter movie's release in 2009, but is finally making his return to the genre with the thriller movie "Send Help" for 20th Century Studios. 

Raimi has closed a deal to direct and produce the horror thriller. Pic is based on an original script by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Baywatch). He will also produce alongside Zainab Azizi under Raimi Productions.

Not yet officially greenlighted by the studio, the movie is described as a two-hander horror thriller set on an island. The story falls somewhere between Rob Reiner’s Stephen King adaptation of "Misery" and Robert Zemeckis’ classic "Castaway".

One of the most influential genre filmmakers still working, Raimi is responsible for the Evil Dead franchise, whose most recent installment, Evil Dead Rise, grossed over $147 million worldwide last spring. Two new, untitled installments from directors Francis Galluppi and Sébastien Vaniček and Raimi and Robert Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures are currently in the works.

Raimi’s most recent forgo as a director is "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness", which generated over $955M globally for Marvel. He is also known for his directing work on the Spider-Man franchise and "Oz the Great and Powerful". As a producer, his upcoming movies include the horror thriller "Don’t Move", which Netflix swooped on in April, and the horror thriller "Locked", starring Bill Skarsgård and Anthony Hopkins, which is currently in post.

Perhaps best known for co-scripting Paramount’s 2017 take on "Baywatch", starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, Shannon and Swift before that co-wrote a pair of horror projects: 2003’s "Freddy vs. Jason" and 2009’s "Friday the 13th".