In a major coup for FOX, blockbuster feature film director Sam Raimi has signed on to direct the hour-long pilot of Greg Kinnear's latest project, 'Rake.'
Raimi is the director of the cult classic trilogy of 'Evil Dead' films, the massively-popular trilogy of 'Spider-Man' films starring Tobey Maguire, and most recently the smash-hit 'Oz the Great and Powerful,' in cinemas now. Just how hot a property is Raimi at the moment? Well after ten days of release, 'Oz the Great and Powerful' has surpassed $300,000,000USD at the box office. So FOX had three-hundred-million reasons to bring Raimi on board this project.
Raimi has joined 'Rake' relatively late: the project is slated to begin production in a few short days. The other aspect that makes this such a massive story is that 'Rake' marks Raimi's pilot directorial debut. The man has succeeded at every other stage of the industry and now he's poised to conquor network television as well... with the talent of Greg Kinnear ('As Good As It Gets') at his disposal.
'Rake' is based on an Australian dramedy and is about the chaotic and comedic life of criminal defense lawyer Keegan Joye (Kinnear), brilliant, frustratingly charming, and with zero filter between his thoughts and his fast mouth. So why the odd title? In literary study a "rake" (short-form of "rakehell") is an aloof and amoral character, typically characterized with hedonism and ineffable charm. Like Benedick of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," or television's Hank Moody from 'Californication,' a rake is a male who woos women without regard for marriage, social expectation or danger. Given that Kinnear's character Joye is at the center of a show named for this literary convention, it is fairly safe to say that 'Rake' will feature Joye seducing many women, living life in the fast lane, and pursuing victory in the courtroom despite any ethical concerns.
So let's take stock for a moment: we have a tried and tested literary trope, a charming and Oscar-nominated talent at the lead and now a blockbuster feature film director at the helm? 'Rake' just became a must-see pilot very swiftly.