Spidey director and Disney team for superhero comedy

Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:17am EDT
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By Borys Kit

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sam Raimi, the director of Sony's "Spider-Man" films, is going Disney for the first time.

The studio has picked up "The Transplants," an action-adventure described as a superhero story with a comedic bent. The project was pitched by scribes Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson, who are best known for "Not Another Teen Movie."

Raimi is known more for his horror fare and "Spider-Man" movies, not to mention his comedic sensibilities that attract the geek audience. Disney, on the other hand, isn't exactly known for its edge, with fare that plays fairly broad.

Still, a few projects and names pop from the Disney slate, such as the Bruce Willis sci-fi actioner "Surrogates" and the Tim Burton-directed "Alice in Wonderland," which is sure to attract literary hipsters as much as families.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>The producer of "30 Days of Night", Sam Raimi, attends the film's premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood October 16, 2007. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>