An upcoming apocalyptic look at the potential for “World War 3” erupting in the near future will be handed to Sam Raimi to direct. The horror film maestro and “Spider-Man” director will take the helm in the film “World War 3” based on George Friedman’s 2009 book, The Next 100 Years.
“World War 3” won’t feature China as the villain?
I didn’t see that one coming. Here at ValueWalk, we often take a look at the world’s flash points as potential spots for conflict that could return the world to war. While Russia prominently features as an antagonist in Syria, the Arctic, an attack on Turkey or a move back into Europe; China also features with the possibility of something happening in North Korea, the South China Sea, or simply coming to the United States to collect the money that they are owed.
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It’s an ambitious project for Mr. Raimi whom will clearly be given a massive budget to work with if a global war is to be created as a summer blockbuster. But once again, I’m struggling that China doesn’t look like it will be playing the villain. That would certainly be a little more believable than the last look at World War 3 that Hollywood offered us, the 2012 remake of the 1984 film Red Dawn. While the 80’s original showed the unlikely if not logistically impossible of an invasion of the United States by the Soviet Union.
The 2012 remake was certainly no more believable with the United States once again being invaded by….North Korea? Well, they did have have help from the Russians. While Top Gun certainly showed a conflict with an unknown power that flew Soviet MiGs, it was hardly the full-scale global conflict Hollywood is calling on Raimi to direct.
Quick look at Sam Raimi’s work
Sam Raimi certainly has a bit of a cult following after his work on the The Evil Dead (1981) and later the Evil Dead II (1987) before directing the comic-book style Darkman (1990). He then bounced around between genres in the 90’s with the gothic-horror cult classic that was Army of Darkness (1992) before directing the terrifically awful western starring Sharon Stone The Quick and the Dead (1995). But perhaps Raimi’s commercial appeal was best realized when he directed both Spider-Man and Spider-Man II, which made the studios nothing short of a lot of money and showed that he’s adept with both CGI and a big budget
Mexico to take the role you would expect of China?
How close “World War 3” will stick to the non-fiction work that is George Friedman’s 2009 book, The Next 100 Years. Friedman is a strategist and geopolitical forecaster who wrote this “non-fiction” book that read like something Tom Clancy might pen as a work of fiction. In the book, Friedman sees a return to the Cold War with Russia, China losing power, and Mexico becoming a major world player.
Here’s the official 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.
Sam Raimi may have been the perfect choice to make this film.