It's been three years since Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful (Remember that? Seems like a lifetime ago.), and since that time he's been busy working in the realm of TV. There he's been keeping his Evil Dead franchise alive by directing the pilot of Starz's Ash vs. Evil Dead, but Raimi is now ready to head back to the big screen. He's joined up with Warner Bros. to direct World War 3, based on the grim predictions by futurist George Friedman.
The film is an adaptation of Friedman's non-fiction book, "The Next 100 Years", which looks at the global landscape and finds exactly what we already know; that there will always be new players ready to wage endless war. Here's the 2009 book's 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 twenty-first 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."
It's possible Raimi could adapt the book himself but as of no there's no word on a screenwriter or when filming could begin. [Comingsoon]