“I’d love to [direct again] — I love directing,” Raimi said at New York Comic Con Thursday when participating in a panel for The Grudge, where Raimi serves as producer through his Ghost House Pictures. “It’s hard though — it’s hard when you don’t have the best script to direct. I’m waiting to find a script that really speaks to me, something that everyone would love, but is really personal to me, too. Then I would be back in the director’s chair.”
Asked about his next project, Raimi said he’s scripting a new movie with brother Ivan Raimi, his co-writer on Spider-Man 3 and Drag Me to Hell. “What’s next Is I’m writing a movie with my brother Ivan, and I’m hoping to make that,” Raimi said.
Since Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful, where Raimi again directed his Spider-Man star James Franco, Raimi helmed episodes of short-lived comedy-drama Rake and an episode of Ash vs Evil Dead. He also served as one of three directors on 2017 short film The Black Ghiandola, starring Johnny Depp and Spider-Man trilogy star J.K. Simmons, on behalf of the Make a Film Foundation.
When promoting Alexandre Aja’s alligator-infested action-horror Crawl over the summer, Raimi admitted he still thinks about his unmade Spider-Man 4 “all the time.”
“It’s hard not to, because each summer another Spider-Man film comes out! So when you have an unborn one, you can’t help but think what might have been,” Raimi told Yahoo. “But I try to focus on what will be, and not look into the past.”
In a 2014 interview with Nerdist — after Sony Pictures rebooted Spider-Man with the Andrew Garfield-led Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel — Raimi said the movie that ended his Spidey trilogy was “awful.”
“It’s a movie that just didn’t work very well. I messed up with that third Spider-Man. People hated me for years. They still hate me for it,” Raimi said of the 2007 blockbuster that grossed $890 million worldwide. “I tried to make it work, but I didn’t really believe in all the characters. So that couldn’t be hidden from people who loved Spider-Man. If the director doesn’t love something, it’s wrong of them to make it when so many other people love it.”
The Raimi-produced The Grudge, directed by Nicolas Pesce and starring Betty Gilpin, John Cho, William Sadler and Lin Shaye, opens January 3.