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Ted Raimi, Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi [7]

Born:October 23, 1959 (61)
Filmography Rating:7.08 / 10
IMDB Rating:6.92 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.04 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:80.83%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Flintstones [1994](35) => Cliff Look-A-Like
The Stand [1994](35) => Bobby Terry
Spider-Man [2002](43) => Director
Spider-Man 2 [2004](45) => Director
Spider-Man 3 [2007](48) => Director / Writer
Oz the Great and Powerful [2013](54) => Director
The Jungle Book [2016](57) => Giant Squirrel (voice)

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors [1987]
  • The Freddy glove that was stolen from the set of this film was found in another movie: it was hanging on the wall of the work shed in Evil Dead II, released the same year. It was part of a continued banter between directors Wes Craven and Sam Raimi. Evidence can also be seen on The Hills Have Eyes, The Evil Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Evil Dead II.
    Spider-Man 3 [2007]
  • On May 4th, 2007, while promoting the film on [The Tonight Show with Jay Leno], Thomas Haden Church revealed that he broke three knuckles during the subway scene where he swings to punch Spider-Man and ends up punching a chunk of the wall away. Church said that the effects crew had told him that the brick in the middle was fake while the upper and lower ones were real. Unfortunately, the foam brick had not actually been put in place yet, and when Sam Raimi yelled 'action', Church spun around and punched the real brick on the first take.
  • In the comics, the symbiote was a flowing sentient liquid ooze. Sam Raimi was very clear on the film's portrayal of the symbiote: he wanted it to have character, but not to resemble a spider or octopus. As portrayed in the film, it possesses a webbing form (it was composed of many separate CGI threads) that gives it a sense of life and an appearance of gripping onto someone's body.
  • In the comics, Harry Osborn dies because the Goblin formula he ingested was fatally unstable, and was slowly poisoning him. Sam Raimi changed Harry's death to parallel his father's death in the first film. However, in Harry's final scenes, his pale look could be a sign of the Goblin formula's effects.
    Thor [2011]
  • In the 1990s, Sam Raimi had planned to direct this film after Darkman. He later went on to do Spider-Man, another Marvel hero, and its sequels.
    The Truman Show [1998]
  • Sam Raimi was considered to direct and had met with Jim Carrey.
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [2014]
  • The humorously hateful news boss J. Jonah Jameson, one of the most iconic characters in Spider-man's mythos, was never mentioned in The Amazing Spider-Man. In this sequel he is spoken of frequently but never appears. The producers claimed they could not find an actor to measure up to J.K. Simmons' legendary portrayal of this character in Sam Raimi's Spider-man films. Stan Lee, the writer who came up with the idea for these characters and makes cameo appearances in all the films, has often said he would volunteer to play Jameson if he (Lee) were 30 or 40 years younger.
    The Amazing Spider-Man [2012]
  • This is the first "Spider-Man" film to not feature Spider-Man's perennial love interest Mary-Jane Watson (in Sam Raimi's three films played by Kirsten Dunst). Instead, Peter Parker's original girlfriend Gwen Stacy appears (who had been played by Bryce Dallas Howard in Spider-Man 3).
  • Originally conceived as "Spider-Man 4," a direct sequel to the original film trilogy, Sony Pictures had actually begun pre-production before opting to make this film as a reboot instead. Sony re-negotiated contracts with director Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst (each receiving a reported $30 million) for a three picture deal with the intention of starting a new trilogy in the series. Scripts were commissioned from writers James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, David Koepp and Gary Ross, with each writer earning upwards of $1 million or more for their services. The story would have introduced the Vulture as a new villain: Raimi initially approached Ben Kingsley for the role before casting John Malkovich. Malkovich was actually slated to play Norman Osborne in the original film series, but had to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts. In addition to the Vulture, the film would also introduce the villainess Felicia Hardy, with Anne Hathaway set to play the character. In the initial story, Hardy would become her comic book alter-ego Black Cat, though later script rewrites recreated Hardy as an original character called Vulturess (after her departure, Hathaway would take on a similar role in The Dark Knight Rises). Raimi also expressed interest in having Dylan Baker return as Dr. Curt Connors, who would transform into the villain The Lizard, though Executive Producer Avi Arad vetoed this idea. With development costs skyrocketing in excess of $100 million, Raimi, unhappy with repeated versions of the script, and tensions rising between Raimi, Maguire and the studio, Sony opted (in January 2010) to cancel the film and reboot the series instead. Raimi, for his part, has said it was for the best, as the director had been unhappy with Spider-Man 3 citing studio interference, and "hated" the storyline concocted for the proposed fourth film.
  • Ben Parker's line "With great power comes great responsibility", prominent in the Sam Raimi movies, is not once uttered in this film. The voice-mail left by Ben alludes to this, but never directly quotes it. This is actually more in keeping with Amazing Fantasy #15, the first telling of the story, where it was merely a text box that said "With great power, there must also come great responsibility" in Amazing Fantasy #15. Subsequent retellings of the story in flashback and reboot gave the world the more famous line.
    Oz the Great and Powerful [2013]
  • [?] Hilary Swank and Michelle Williams were director Sam Raimi's first choices for the role of Evanora. Rachel Weisz got the script through her agent and loved the role but neither the studio or Sam Raimi imagined her for the part. Weisz auditioned and had a two hour conversation with Raimi and later she was cast as Evanora. Williams was eventually cast as Glinda.
  • Before Sam Raimi signed on to direct the film, directors Sam Mendes and [?] Adam Shankman were also reported to be top candidates.
  • Michelle Williams' character Annie is marrying a man named John Gale. Director Sam Raimi has confirmed that Annie and John are intended to be the (previously unnamed) parents of Dorothy Gale, the main character in The Wizard of Oz and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (book), and a primary or secondary character in most of the other books.
  • Director Sam Raimi and composer Danny Elfman had a major falling out during the post-production of Spider-Man 2, with Elfman stating that they would never work together again. With this film, they were able to patch things up and reconcile.
  • Last movie picture of John Paxton, father of actor Bill Paxton and also a frequently partner in Sam Raimi movies.
  • Confirmed by both Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi's personally owned 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 appears in this film, and like it's appearance in The Quick and the Dead it was stripped down to it's chassis and used as a wagon, although it is unclear which wagon.
  • This is Sam Raimi's first film to be rated PG in the United States. All his previous directorial films have been PG-13 or R.
  • Sam Raimi opted to use practical sets in conjunction with computer-generated imagery: physical sets were constructed so the actors could have a visual reference, as opposed to using green-screens for every scene.
    The Stand [1994]
  • [Cameo] Sam Raimi: Bobby Terry (the guy who kills Judge Farris)
    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales [2017]
  • [?] Fredrik Bond, Tim Burton, Alfonso Cuarón, Shawn Levy, Sam Raimi, Rupert Sanders, and Chris Weitz were considered to direct this movie.
    Justice League [2017]
  • This is Danny Elfman's twelfth time scoring a superhero film, after working on Tim Burton's Batman films, Barry Sonnenfeld's Men in Black films, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films, Hulk, Wanted, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
    Shazam! [2019]
  • Sam Raimi had expressed interest in directing the film.
    Spider-Man: Far from Home [2019]
  • This isn't the first time Jake Gyllenhaal has been associated with a Spider-Man film. Originally he was going to replace Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 (2004) after Maguire got injured during the filming of Seabiscuit (2003), but luckily, his injuries healed up and he came back on set.
    WandaVision [2021]
  • At one point, the theater marquee is advertising for Oz the Great and Powerful (2013). This is both a nod to the [Wizard of Oz] series and a nod to its director Sam Raimi. Raimi is also the director of the upcoming MCU film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), which will also feature Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff.