Sam Raimi | Horror legend returning to genre with Send Help

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The veteran horror director Sam Raimi may be circling back closer to his roots for his next project, a brand new horror-thriller called Send Help.

While he’s certainly busy as a producer these days, Sam Raimi has only directed two feature films in the last ten years. Back in 2013 we got Oz The Great And Powerful and then in 2022 there was Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. Although the latter might have clothed itself in the trappings of Lovecraftian horror, there really wasn’t any horror-tinged exploration at all, this being the very reason that the project’s original director, Scott Derrickson, elected to move on and cede the director’s chair to Raimi.

It now looks as though Raimi may be circling back a little closer to his Evil Dead roots for his next project, blending horror and comedy without the extravagant budget that he’s often worked with since the turn of the century saw him take on the Spider-Man franchise for three memorable installments.

According to Daniel Richtman, the project is moving forwards with an early 2024 production date pencilled in. Send Help is described as Misery meets Cast Away (that’s a mighty elevator pitch!) and is being financed by Columbia Pictures.

Here’s the synopsis:

The film is a comedy-adventure horror about Linda, a female employee, and her irritating boss, Bradley. On a business flight, their plane crashes on an island with only the two of them making it out alive. Linda has serious survival skills, which means she’s Bradley’s only hope to stay alive.

We’ve seen Raimi linked to several projects over the past few years, including a return to the Spider-Man franchise. Send Help seems like the kind of departure from big-budget franchise filmmaking that we’d like to see him tackle next though, given that his last two big studio pictures didn’t really work out in quite the way many would have hoped (although commercially, they both did well)

Raimi has also been connected to Send Help since back in 2019, so it’s clear that the subject matter has continued to hold his attention. We’ll bring you more updates on this one as we hear them.

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