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Sam Raimi to Direct FOX’s ‘Rake’ Pilot Starring Greg Kinnear

Sam Raimi Fox Rake Greg Kinnear
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Oz, The Great and Powerful‘ director Sam Raimi might not have any interest in directing a sequel to the massively successful ‘Wizard of Oz’ takeoff, but still maintains his pick of the litter with regard to future projects. it might surprise you then to learn, that the director will next head to TV to helm FOX’s upcoming Greg Kinnear-starring adaptation of UK drama ‘Rake‘! Find out about Raimi’s latest project inside!

Spider-Man‘ trilogy director Sam Raimi might have gotten pretty out-there with his most recent ‘Oz, The Great and Powerful,’ but his next project will be decidedly down-to-earth. Deadline reports that the original ‘Evil Dead‘ director will direct the pilot episode of FOX’s upcoming comedic drama ‘Rake,’ also executive producing the episode.

Similar to ‘House’s’ take on an acerbic doctor, ‘Rake’ follows Greg Kinnear as Keegan Joye, a “brilliant, iconoclastic and innately self-destructive” criminal defense attorney with a penchant for hopeless cases. Rake is described as possessing a “mind-numbing lack of discretion and a total inability to pause before speaking his mind.”

The original Australian version began in 2010 and has achieved a high degree of notoriety, pulling in such guest stars as Sam Neill, Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths. The Aussie series also recently finished airing its second season.

What say you? Are you interested to see Greg Kinnear’s take on ‘Rake’ under Sam Raimi? Could the legal drama be the next ‘House’? Watch a preview of the Australian series below, and tell us what you think in the comments!

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