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Sam Raimi to Direct Sony Horror Movie Send Help

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Per World of Reel, scooper Daniel Richtman confirmed that the Evil Dead and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness director would return to the director's chair for his first horror movie since 2009's Drag Me to Hell. Friday the 13th 2009 reboot screenwriters Mark Swift and Damian Shannon penned the screenplay described as Misery meets Cast Away with production set to begin in early 2024. According to Richtman, the synopsis for Send Helpfollows "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."

Before his days of bringing Marvel superheroes to the big screen, Raimi earned cult status with his 1981 debut movie The Evil Dead. But it was the hit 1987 sequel Evil Dead 2 that got Raimi the attention of major Hollywood studios and turned Bruce Campbell into a horror icon. The success of the Evil Dead franchise led to Raimi's first studio picture with the original 1990 superhero action picture Darkman starring Liam Neeson.

After spending the majority of the '90s directing smaller, more grounded dramas such as A Simple Plan and For the Love of the Game, Raimi got the biggest success of his career when he directed 2002's Spider-Man. The director's respect for the Marvel source material and emphasis on Peter Parker's journey helped set the tone for future superhero movies. Raimi returned for the equally successful Spider-Man 2 in 2004 and the critically panned Spider-Man 3 in 2007.

After directing Drag Me to Hell, Raimi has primarily concentrated on producing horror movies through his production company. Among the projects Raimi produced include The Grudge franchise, Don't Breathe and the Evil Dead reboots. His last directing efforts include 2013's Oz The Great and the Powerful and 2022's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Both movies were met with mixed reviews and were commercially successful at the box office.

Aside from Send Help, Raimi is attached to direct a remake of Sir. Richard Attenborough's 1978 creepy doll thriller, Magic. Additionally, the director is rumored to be the top choice to direct Marvel Studios' Avengers: Secret Wars and has not ruled out another Evil Deadinstallment with Campbell reprising his role as Ash Williams. "I love working with Bruce and Rob," Raimi said. "I love it as a producer because they’re really good partners, but I also like being supported by them as the director. So I hope that is on the cards eventually."

Send Help does not have a release date yet.

Source: World of Reel

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