Columbia, Raimi Reuniting on The Given Day


Variety says that Columbia Pictures and “Spider-Man” director Sam Raimi are reuniting on The Given Day, an adaptation of an upcoming novel by Dennis Lehane. The studio has acquired the novel, and Raimi will develop it to direct. He’ll produce with Josh Donen.

The deal gives the Columbia another big project with Raimi, who after three “Spider-Man” films is eyeing a fourth installment currently being written by James Vanderbilt.

Raimi is also aligned to reinvent the Jack Ryan franchise at Paramount.

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.