It’s been a curious past few years for Sam Raimi. In 2013, he helmed Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful and last fall revisited his salad days with Starz’s Ash Vs. Evil Dead. Now, he’s back at work on another blockbuster for the silver screen, and no, it’s not a Spider-Man sequel. This time around, he’s going to swing into the future and bring us: World War 3.
Did that send shivers down your spine? It should. The film’s based on George Friedman’s 2009 non-fiction best seller, The Next 100 Years. Here’s the book’s official synopsis:
“A fascinating, eye-opening and often shocking look at what lies ahead for the U.S. and the world from one of our most incisive futurists.
“In his thought-provoking new book, George Friedman, founder of STRATFOR — the preeminent private intelligence and forecasting firm — focuses on what he knows best, the future. Positing that civilization is at the dawn of a new era, he offers a lucid, highly readable forecast of the changes we can expect around the world during the 21st century all based on his own thorough analysis and research. For example, The U.S.-Jihadist war will be replaced by a new cold war with Russia; China’s role as a world power will diminish; Mexico will become an important force on the geopolitical stage; and new technologies and cultural trends will radically alter the way we live (and fight wars). Riveting reading from first to last, The Next 100 Years is a fascinating exploration of what the future holds for all of us.”
Billblock Media optioned the book, while Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute. It’s a smart project for Raimi — after all, who wouldn’t check out a film called World War 3? — and also refreshing for audiences starving for a popcorn film that doesn’t involve tights, dinosaurs, or any other recycled brand from 10, 15, or 30 years ago. We shall see.
In related news, the second season of Ash Vs. Evil Dead is currently in development, and as expected, the show’s added a few fresh faces to the madness, specifically Michelle Ann Hurd as Ash’s high school sweetheart, Lee Majors as Ash’s father Brock Williams, and Ted Raimi as Ash’s childhood BFF Chet Kaminski. Expect that to return this Halloween.