Film legend Sam Raimi starting World War III with new, near-future thriller

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Mar 8, 2016, 9:32 AM EST (Updated)

Along with helping Bruce Campbell take on Ash vs. Evil Dead at Starz, Sam Raimi is also getting ready to start World War III with a new thriller at Warner Bros.

The veteran director (Spider-Man, Evil Dead) has signed on to helm World War III, a near-future drama based on George Friedman’s nonfiction best-seller The Next 100 Years, which digs into all the things that could go wrong in the geopolitical realm over the next century. From terrorism to a new Cold War, Friedman’s futurist take on where the planet is heading does not look encouraging. But it does look like ripe material for a cool action film. So, yay?

Here’s the book’s official synopsis:

In his thought-provoking new book, George Friedman, founder of STRATFOR — the preeminent private intelligence and forecasting firm — focuses on what he knows best, the future. Positing that civilization is at the dawn of a new era, he offers a lucid, highly readable forecast of the changes we can expect around the world during the twenty-first century all based on his own thorough analysis and research. For example, The U.S.-Jihadist war will be replaced by a new cold war with Russia; China’s role as a world power will diminish; Mexico will become an important force on the geopolitical stage; and new technologies and cultural trends will radically alter the way we live (and fight wars). Riveting reading from first to last, “The Next 100 Years” is a fascinating exploration of what the future holds for all of us.

This looks like an interesting project for Raimi, whose last major feature release was Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful. But he’s obviously no stranger to the big-budget game, having directed the first three Spider-Man films that helped kickstart the modern superhero renaissance (we’ll just ignore Spider-Man 3 here). 

It’ll be interesting to see in what direction Raimi takes the material, and it’ll also add another interesting feather in his already diverse resume.


(Via Variety, Coming Soon)