SPIDER- MAN 2
SAM RAIMI (Director) returns to helm a new adventure with one of the world's
most popular comic book superheroes in Spider-Man 2, after directing the
record-breaking worldwide phenomenon Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire,
Kirsten Dunst and Willem Dafoe. On May 3, 2002, Columbia Pictures released Spider-Man,
which grossed 114.8 million in its opening weekend, making it the largest
domestic opening of all time. To date, the film has surpassed 800 million in
worldwide box office gross.
Raimi previously directed the supernatural thriller The Gift, starring
Cate Blanchett, Hilary Swank, Keanu Reeves, Greg Kinnear and Giovanni Ribisi.
Raimi also directed the acclaimed suspense thriller A Simple Plan, which
starred Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton and Bridget Fonda, and which earned
Thornton an Academy AwardÂ® nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also
directed the baseball homage For Love of the Game, starring Kevin Costner
and Kelly Preston. Raimi is producing the forthcoming thriller Boogeyman
with partner Rob Tapert, which will be directed by Stephen T. Kay.
Known for his imaginative filmmaking style, richly drawn characters and offbeat
humor, Raimi collaborated with Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell on the cult
classic The Evil Dead, written and directed by Raimi, produced by Tapert
and starring Campbell. This horror film became an immediate cult hit at the
Cannes Film Festival, and led to the equally impressive The Evil Dead II:
Dead By Dawn, which was made under the auspices of the De Laurentiis
Raimi then proved his mastery over the mainstream fantasy thriller genre,
writing and directing Darkman, starring Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand,
which he followed up with Army of Darkness, a comic sword-and-sorcery
fantasy starring Bruce Campbell. Raimi also served as executive producer for
John Woo's Hard Target, and he co-wrote (with Joel and Ethan Coen) the
feature film The Hudsucker Proxy, starring Paul Newman, Tim Robbins and
Jennifer Jason Leigh. Raimi also directed the western The Quick and the Dead,
starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe and Gene Hackman.
Raimi's extensive television work includes the hit syndicated series Xena:
Warrior Princess, which he executive produced with Rob Tapert. The highly
successful series starring Lucy Lawless ran for six seasons. Raimi and Tapert
also executive produced the enormously popular six-season Hercules: Legendary
Journeys, and Raimi served as executive producer for the CBS series American
Raimi's interest in filmmaking began as a youngster in Michigan, where he
directed his own Super 8 films. Later, he left Michigan State University to form
Renaissance Pictures with Rob Tapert and longtime friend and actor Bruce
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