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Screen Gems Developing The Last of Us Movie, Sam Raimi Producing

Naughty Dog’s Game of the Year title that was just as much about parent child relationships as it was about a horrifying zombie apocalypse, The Last of Us, is probably getting a movie adaptation.

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Excelsior!

There is An Alternate Universe Where Anne Hathaway Was Black Cat in Spider-Man 4

Sam Raimi is making the PR rounds for Oz: The Great and Powerful, and seeing as how the second Spider-Man franchise in as many decades is currently filming its first sequel (*sniff* They grow up so fast!), he’s naturally being asked what he would have done if Spider-Man III hadn’t pretty much squished that version of the character with a tissue (at least in the court of public opinion).

Turns out, he would have hired Anne Hathaway.

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A Lesson in Humility

Robert Downey Jr. Might Have Starred In Oz the Great and Powerful Until He Was Mean to a Plant

Once upon a time, in a land far away, director Sam Raimi decided he wanted Tony Sta—sorry, Robert Downey Jr. (easy mistake to make) to play the lead in Oz the Great and Powerful. It didn’t work out, of course. Negotiations fell apart and the role eventually went to James Franco.

But why? There’s a very scandalous reason. Wait for it…

Wait for it…

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Cautiously Optimistic

Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful Gets a Full Trailer

Oz the Great and Powerful just rubs me the wrong way, and I doubt it has anything to do with the intentions of the people behind it. There’s a part of me that, despite how hard I try to just judge the concept on its own merits, is put off by this re-folding of Oz story. Dorothy defeats a formidable female foe at the behest of a benevolent, if somewhat cryptic (seriously, Glinda, we couldn’t just explain the shoes at the get go and let her choose?) female figure of power. It’s not like Wicked isn’t already a hit broadway production, so I’m a little leery of a movie that plucks the only male character of power (and let’s remember that it was a power based on illusion and deceit, however well-meaning) from the story of The Wizard of Oz movie and reforms the setting to be about a bunch of powerful women begging him to solve their problem and telling him he’s a fabled hero.

That said, I don’t expect anyone to agree with me, trailers are not the full measure of plot, the movie still has a bunch of great actresses in it, it looks like it’ll be a delight to the eyes at the very least, and I’m stupidly happy to see the porcelain people from the book get their due in a movie adaptation. What do you guys think?

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Okay You Primitive Screwheads

Sam Raimi Gets Court Order To Halt Unauthorized Evil Dead Film

We’d been hearing a lot of serious chatter about an Evil Dead reboot for some time now. It was serious enough that one actress had been cast as the lead, then replaced with anothera male lead being cast as well, and it’s already been completely show. But Sam Raimi, writer and director of the original, was involved in all of that. He wasn’t involved in Evil Dead 4: Consequences, an unauthorized continuation of his horror series. Thankfully, he’s done something about it.

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and let it be known

Comic-Con: While You Were Sleeping

So none of us could make it to the San Diego Comic-Con this year, but that won’t stop us from obsessively checking Twitter for the latest announcements, because, you know, that’s an entirely healthy to deal with not being there in person, right? Right? Well, just in case you’re not trying to live vicariously through Comic-Con attendees tweets for the next few days, here’s a round-up of some of the best announcements from yesterday. Hit the jump for info on Stephanie Meyer’s The Host, details on the reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise, and even how to acquire your very own Aperture Laboratories jumpsuit!

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All this has happened before...

Watch The First Trailer For Oz: The Great And Powerful

A lot of new footage is being premiered at Comic-Con this weekend in San Diego. Some of it will be delivered to the masses post-con, some won’t, and plenty will even though it’s not supposed to. But what we have here is the first look from Disney at director Sam Raimi’s dive into the world of L. Frank Baum, Oz: The Great and Powerful. The film stars James Franco as Oz himself, Mila Kunis as Theodora, Rachel Weisz as Evanora, and Michelle Williams as Glinda. You won’t see the Scarecrow, Tin Man, or Cowardly Lion in this film apparently but you will see Raimi’s pal Bruce Campbell (just not in this trailer) and the 1973 Oldsmobile. Oh and, don’t adjust your monitors.

(via Blastr)

This Makes Sense

Sam Raimi Sues to Re-Establish Evil Dead Rights Because of Something He Said in a Book Once

Some primitive screwheads unaffiliated with the people who created the Evil Dead franchise have been trying to use the horror classic’s title to produce a third sequel to the original movies. But one of those creators, Sam Raimi, never actually signed away the rights to the Evil Dead name, so now he’s suing to stop the aforementioned screwheads from screwing with the series while Raimi is producing an actual Evil Dead movie. However, the screwheads — Award Pictures — say that Raimi all but gave them permission to make an Evil Dead sequel — when he said something to that effect in The Evil Dead Companion, published in 2000. Yup. A random quote in a book from 2000, a quote preceded by the word “Ha,” was read as a go-ahead for Award Pictures to make their own unauthorized sequel to The Evil Dead. Yeah. Good luck with that.

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Cautiously Optimistic

Sam Raimi Producing a New Poltergeist Movie, But Not Directing [Sad Face]

Ahhh, le sigh. Another horror remake. But, what’s this you say? It’s Poltergeist? And Sam Raimi is attached? Well, I guess if it has to be a remake, then a Poltergeist remake with Sam Raimi isn’t all that bad. Except he’s not directing, only producing. Oh. Hmmm. Okay, I’ll bite. Let’s find out more about this Sam Raimi-produced Poltergeist remake.

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Okay You Primitive Screwheads

Shiloh Fernandez Cast As the Male Lead in the New Evil Dead

So, last we heard about the Evil Dead remake, Lily Collins, who was set to play the female lead — the “lead” lead — had dropped out due to scheduling issues. That part has yet to be re-cast. But now we know who will be playing that female character’s brother: Shiloh Fernandez. Don’t worry, we don’t know who he is either. Let’s find out together! There is a plot synopsis inside, so if you are avoiding even the most general of spoilers, be forewarned.

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