Sam Raimi Said Why He Took a 9 Year Break From Directing Movies

Sam Raimi

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the first feature movie that Sam Raimi has directed after the 2013 movie Oz, The Great and Powerful. Between then and now, he’s been doing some TV series work, as well as producing and writing projects for various directors.


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If you’ve been thinking about why Raimi took a 9-year break from directing films, he explained that he was understanding from the young filmmakers he was working with, having life adventures, and recharging his batteries.

He told /Film:

“I had to refresh myself, I didn’t want to repeat myself. I didn’t want to do something that was stale. I felt like I had to experience the world again, [including] filmmaking, from these young filmmakers that I was producing. I allowed myself to be inspired by them. I raised my kids, learned from that experience, and spent a lot of time in the garden thinking. And when this call finally came in, I thought, I’m refreshed. I’m hungry. I’ve got a lot of new experiences. I’m ready to go back to directing.”

I’m so happy that he’s back in action and that he chose to jump onboard Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and direct it! He did such an amazing job with the movie and I can’t wait to see him direct his next film!

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hit theaters on May 6th, 2022.

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