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    Thu, 19 Jun 2008 10:08:26

    Sam Raimi Blessed With "The Given Day" - To direct WWI piece

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    Director Sam Raimi, who lensed the original Spider-Man and its two successful sequels, in addition to considering helming the fourth installment of the franchise, is stepping away from spiderwebs, Peter Parker, and Mary Jane Watson for a hot second. Raimi is once again partnering with Columbia Pictures, the studio which released the Spidey flicks, for The Given Day, an adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel of the same name.

    The book won't be released until September, but Columbia has already snatched the rights to the tome. Raimi will develop, direct, and produce. Two of Lehane's previous books, Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, were developed into extremely successful films, thanks to their meaty, emotionally provocative subject matter. This particular novel is set in Lehane's familiar Boston environs. However, instead of a contemporary setting, it takes place in 1919 in post-WWI times and deals with soldiers returning home to the city and bringing Spanish flu with them. There's also a subplot about unionizing the police department.

    Production details and release dates are to be determined.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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