Sam Raimi to direct
The Given Day
While Sam Raimi is waiting on the script for Spiderman 4, to decide whether or not to direct it, he is strengthening his bond with Columbia Pictures. He is set to develop and direct an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's upcoming novel The Given Day. Lehane, whose novel adaptations include Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Scorsese's upcoming Shutter Island have become a source of some of the better films made in the past few years. The Given Day does not even hit shelves until late September. It is set in 1919 Boston, with the city in turmoil as soldiers are returning home from WWI, having brought back an epidemic of Spanish influenza. Attempts to unionize the police department have set the stage for a historic strike and two cops take center stage. Raimi said, "While it deals with many of the same themes as (Lehane's) earlier work, it is also his most ambitious book, tying events of a century ago to the subjects we struggle with today." So Columbia is keeping Raimi's plate full with this adaptation, hopefully Spiderman 4, and even Raimi's own take on the Jack Ryan Franchise(Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger, Sum of All Fears).