Sam Raimi, best known for his Spider-Man movies, has just become the next director to get behind an adaptation of literary master Dennis Lehane (Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone) The book rights to The Given Day were acquired by Columbia Pictures.
The Given Day is set in 1919 Boston, with the city in turmoil as soldiers are returning home from WWI, having brought back an epidemic of Spanish influenza. Attempts to unionize the police department have set the stage for a historic strike and two cops take center stage.
The book will be published by HarperCollins on Sept. 23.
Having signed on to this, Raimi is going to be one busy fellow! He’s also looking at a fourth Spider-Man movie (currently being written by James Vanderbilt), but he is also supposed to reinvent the Jack Ryan franchise for Paramount!
I guess money talks!