Sam Raimi is set to produce Paramount's Crawl, a forthcoming horror movie set during a category 5 hurricane. Raimi is perhaps best known to cinema fans for his Evil Dead movies, a cult comedy-tinged horror series that later spawned the TV spinoff Ash Vs Evil Dead. The director moved into the mainstream with his trilogy of Spider-Man films starring Tobey Maguire in the title role but recent years have seen Raimi take on more work as a producer rather than a director or writer, helping to develop remakes of his own Evil Dead and horror classic Poltergeist, as well as 2016's Don't Breathe.
A prominent trend in cinema at present is a resurgence of mid-low budget horror movies. After the genre became dominated first by gore-centric films such as Saw and Hostel and then the Blumhouse produced demonic jump-scare fare of Insidious and Sinister, the genre has begun to move back to a more traditional format. The huge success of IT and the Oscar-nominated Get Out came as a pleasant surprise and that pattern has continued into 2018 with the likes of Paramount's own A Quiet Place.
Fresh from that success, Paramount has recently acquired the horror thriller Crawl and, as reported by THR, the movie will produced by Sam Raimi alongside Craig Flores. In the director's chair will be Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D) who has also written the most recent script draft based on a spec by Shawn and Michael Rasmussen. Little is currently known about Crawl other than it focuses on the struggle of a young woman as she attempts to rescue her father in a hurricane, before becoming trapped in a flooding house and having to deal with both weather and animal-based threats.
Although Crawl is still in the very early stages of development, the teaming of Alexandre Aja and Sam Raimi is certainly a promising proposition for horror fans. Aja's previous efforts in the genre such as the The Hills Have Eyes remake and the Daniel Radcliffe-fronted Horns may have attracted mixed reactions but with a master of horror such as Raimi behind the scenes to help guide the production, Crawl could prove to be another modern horror hit.
However, it'll certainly be interesting to see how the natural phenomenon theme plays into the genre. The premise of a hurricane being the central threat suggests that Crawl could lean more into thriller territory or even take on elements of a disaster movie, rather than delivering classic scares and this could provide a fresh challenge for both director and producer.
Crawl is currently without a release date. More news as it arrives.