What I gathered from Spiderman 3’s release was that making huge movies really takes it out of Sam Raimi. He was under a lot of pressure from the studio and the fans to produce a quality third instalment. Some loved it, some thought too much was crammed into one film . Overall I thought it was great, apart from the dancing, what the hell was that?
Wizard got a chance to talk to the man himself.
Looking back, you’ve worked on Spider-Man in some way for nearly eight years. Has the excitement stayed with you?
RAIMI: I’m just as excited about the character, and so in that sense, yes. Although the physical energy level between how I felt before I started shooting versus what was left of me on the last day of photography, I was so exhausted at the end of “Spider-Man 3” I can’t tell you. My love for the characters and my passion for the stories are the same, but I was just a shell of the person that I was after all of those movies.
If you had to take a break and pick a director to replace you on the franchise, is there anyone at the top of your list?
RAIMI: Because I love Spider-Man I would just say—I don’t want to pick someone. I don’t know if I’ll be directing the picture or not, but I’d like to say that it would be somebody that was the best gift I could give to Spider-Man—someone who understands him and loves him and could bring his passion and love to the character. A character director probably; no one else.
What do you think, would you want Raimi to return for the next film or would you prefer new blood?