After bringing the ancient evil of Ash vs Evil Dead to TV screens late last year, director Sam Raimi is now setting his sights on some potentially world-changing evils that may lead to World War 3. That’s the title of Raimi’s newest feature film, set up in a two-year, first-look deal between Billblock Media and Warner Bros. Pictures. It will take inspiration from George Friedman’s non-fiction best-seller, “The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century.”
While the source material is interesting, in that Friedman makes predictions about a possible future based on previous historical trends and the current geo-political climate, I’m curious to see what kind of take Raimi would have on it. In essence it should be little different from adapting a fictional work except that Raimi will have more freedom to get creative with the story, for better or worse.
Here’s the synopsis for Friedman’s book (via Amazon):
In his long-awaited and provocative new book, George Friedman turns his eye on the future—offering a lucid, highly readable forecast of the changes we can expect around the world during the twenty-first century. He explains where and why future wars will erupt (and how they will be fought), which nations will gain and lose economic and political power, and how new technologies and cultural trends will alter the way we live in the new century.
The Next 100 Years draws on a fascinating exploration of history and geopolitical patterns dating back hundreds of years. Friedman shows that we are now, for the first time in half a millennium, at the dawn of a new era—with changes in store, including:
• The U.S.-Jihadist war will conclude—replaced by a second full-blown cold war with Russia.
• China will undergo a major extended internal crisis, and Mexico will emerge as an important world power.
• A new global war will unfold toward the middle of the century between the United States and an unexpected coalition from Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and the Far East; but armies will be much smaller and wars will be less deadly.
• Technology will focus on space—both for major military uses and for a dramatic new energy resource that will have radical environmental implications.
• The United States will experience a Golden Age in the second half of the century.
Written with the keen insight and thoughtful analysis that has made George Friedman a renowned expert in geopolitics and forecasting, The Next 100 Years presents a fascinating picture of what lies ahead.