Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ regrets: ‘I would have done everything differently.’

May 18, 2009 | 11:59 p.m.

Hero Complex contributor Gina McIntyre recently sat down with Sam Raimi to talk about his upcoming return to the horror genre, “Drag Me to Hell,” set for release later this month. She also quizzed the director on the status of other projects, too, namely the next “Spider-Man” installment and the long-discussed remake of his feature debut, “The Evil Dead,” which stands as an indie-horror classic. Check back here for the “Drag Me to Hell” piece, but in the meantime here’s the wallcrawler update…

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G.M.: What’s the status of “Spider-Man 4”?

S.R.: The next installment begins shooting, I believe, in February 2010. As far as we’re concerned, that’s no time left because they need so much time to work on the screenplay, casting is long, the storyboarding and the shots are very, very complicated. There’s a lot of animation, there’s a lot of character design, costume design. It’s like making an animated film and a live-action film. I’ll just barely be ready.

G.M.: Few directors endure in a franchise through four films. What made you return to the Marvel Comics character for yet another chapter?

S.R.: I love Peter Parker. I’ve always loved the Spider-Man comics, and I feel like I still know more about the character that I think I can bring to the screen — and perhaps make it great if I do it right. It’s the same reason I keep reading the Spider-Man comic books. I’m really enamored with the character and now I feel like I have a history with him. I’d like to really make a great picture with him and bring the character to life at a level of detail that I’ve never realized before. It’s almost like I have a desire to do something I’ve been trying to do right and haven’t yet been able to. Not exactly.

G.M.: Are there things that you’d wish you’d done differently in the previous “Spider-Man” films? The first two earned especially strong reviews…

S.R.: What would I have done differently? I would have done everything differently, every single shot. I think in every picture that I’ve ever made. Everything that I’ve done torments me. I really would like another chance except I’d be too embarrassed to ever really try to do them again and no one would want to see the same movie just done differently.

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G.M.: Is that the reason why “Evil Dead 2” is essentially a remake of “The Evil Dead” – but with a slightly different approach?

S.R.: That’s what that was. I was just trying to get things straight in my head and do them better and differently. People shouldn’t really do that though. That’s why I think you can make a sequel. If you’ve got more to bring then you should bring it, if you get the chance to.

I want to make the best [“Spider-Man” movie] of the bunch and I’ve always been touched by Peter Parker in a way that I’ve never been able to describe on film, even though I’ve got a great actor performing it.

In every moment, I’ve got to find some truth and really become the character in my mind. I think I feel a little freer to be able to do that. I’m going to try it.

G.M.: Speaking of second chances, there’s been a lot of talk about an “Evil Dead” remake. Is that project moving forward?

Evil Dead

S.R.: I was planning to do that, but when I got swept away in “Drag Me to Hell,” it got pushed off to the side. I just finished [“Drag Me to Hell”] last week, and already “Spider-Man” is calling. So I don’t think I’ll be able to do it immediately, but the moment I have a chance, I really would like to work on an “Evil Dead” story.

I’ve talked about two things with my [producing] partner Rob Tapert: The first is, should we get a young filmmaker to remake the “Evil Dead” movie, the first one? When we made that, it was 16 mm, it was made in mono and very few people saw it on the big screen. Fifty or 60 prints were made, and they bicycled them from market to market and very few people saw it. It probably made like $1.1 million at the box office. It really is made for a big-screen experience. I’d love for some young filmmaker to make a remake if they had a new vision of the thing, 35 mm, 5.1 sound, really move the sound around and make it an immersive experience. I think it’s a good, simple campfire story and could really be fun. It’s still dependent on finding a filmmaker that really can present something great. Then I think I’d love to see it.

G.M.: What’s that other option that you’ve discussed?

S.R.: I would like to make “Evil Dead 4” with Bruce Campbell. I’ve said that before in an interview, and the fans sometimes say, “Why does he keep opening his big mouth about it and then not do anything about it?” So, I’m hesitant but — between you and me and just the people who read the L.A. Times — I’d still like to do that at some point. I do want to make it down the line.

– Gina McIntyre

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Sam Raimi portrait in 2004 by Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times. “Spider-Man 3″ cast photo by Getty Images.”The Evil Dead” image courtesy of New Line Cinema. Spider-Man image courtesy of Marvel Comics.

Comments


23 Responses to Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ regrets: ‘I would have done everything differently.’

  1. Rob says:

    HOLY MOLY!
    ED4?
    YES, PLEASE!
    Please, Mr, Raimi, let me die a happy man – bring back Campbell and make this happen after Spidey 4!

  2. Matt says:

    All I can say is, gimme some sugar, baby.

  3. HELLS YEAH! Bruce Campbell is the MAN.
    Interestingly enough, I was just watching Spider-Man LAST NIGHT and I was wondering how he felt about some of the movie's bad-even-when-it-came-out special effects! You certainly have your finger on the nerd pulse.

  4. flow says:

    I really wish the best of luck to Mr. Raimi on his future projects….particularly Spider-Man. I can't even begin to imagine how much of a burden it is to try and please everyone with such a beloved character but I appreciate the fact that he's trying so hard and I hope it pays off. Good luck Sir!

  5. RM says:

    I see nothing wrong with a director remaking his own film. Cecil B. DeMille did it with The Ten Commandments and Hitchcock with The Man Who Knew Too Much. One could argue that James Cameron's Terminator 2 was a remake of the first film. If Raimi can give us something different – perhaps another point of view – then I'm all for it. That's not to say all films should be remade.

  6. bubbahotepfan says:

    Bruce Campbell needs to star in a new movie. He is such a good actor and deserves to be an A-list star. Not only should Raimi make Evil D 4, but he should make a new movie w/ Campbell in the lead.

  7. Jesse Cluster says:

    100% agree that Evil Dead 4 needs to be made! Nothing could be a better legacy for Raimi or Campbell's legacies – especially if it turns out awesome. Other than that, I could care less if Evil Dead gets remade. Who would do it; Rob Zombie? As long as it's not Ratner or any of the current crop of "update/remake" directors. F'all them.

  8. PD100 says:

    Bruce did star in a new movie. It's called "My Name is Bruce" and every Ash/ED fan should check it out. It's basically a love (with a little hate) letter to his fans and the Ash persona.

  9. Vinnie says:

    Two comments…
    number one: definitely make evil dead 4 it will make a fortune and Bruce Campbell is outstanding!!!
    number two: definitely remake the original evil dead and cast me as Ash… I know what it takes to represent the true Ash and Bruce and bring just a touch of my own flavor i mean "gimme some sugar baby"

  10. corey says:

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, GET BRUCE CAMPBELL BACK! EVIL DEAD 4 WOULD BE GREAT!

  11. Dan says:

    "I’d be too embarrassed to ever really try to do them again and no one would want to see the same movie just done differently. "
    Id definately watch the Spiderman films if they were re-made, I do love them but Id also love to see them done in in a different way, brought out of the cheesy comic book style. With a simular epic feel to that which "Batman begins" and "The dark knight" created.

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  13. Kul gaurav agarwal says:

    Spidy don’t died He alway’s Alive in my heart

  14. lololee24 says:

    He should regret nothing! I thought he did a wonderful job and actually made me love siderman again. Great job with the whole trilogy, great work. Not everyone was going to love it, but that's life anyway.

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