When all is said and done, the summer of 2007 will be known as the summer of the trilogy. With at least five movie franchises releasing their third film in their series’ this summer (Spider-man 3, Shrek 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Ocean’s 13, and The Bourne Ultimatum), fans are going to be burned out on sequels until next summer when a whole new bunch emerges. While anxious fans wait in line for tickets to see these much anticipated final products, I can think of two directors in particular who will be hoping for a break. Sam Raimi and Gore Verbinski are these two directors who have been with their trilogies from the beginning and have not done much else in between.

Of course, their efforts have not been all for nothing with the Spider-man and Pirates of the Caribbean films gaining huge success worldwide, breaking budget and then box office records with each new film. The third Spider-man movie has already proved itself in its first few weeks of release, and the hype of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End shows that history is bound to repeat itself from last summer’s huge success. Of course, Pirates 2 didn’t have as many huge releases as this summer promises, though the cliffhanger ending is going to draw in fans who are dying to know what happens next.

Though I’m not aware of this personally, it must take a huge commitment to sign on for three installments of one story, especially for a director who is there from the first pre-production meeting to the final promotional interviews and every step in between. The success of the movie is on their shoulders, and while it takes a village to raise a film, it is the creative leader who everyone turns to to make it happen.

Raimi was more aware of the rigors involved in sticking to one concept for multiple films. After all, he is the director responsible for the cult hit Evil Dead trilogy starring Bruce Campbell. However, these films were spanned out between 1981-1992 with two directorial projects in between. Once he proved that he could put out financially successful films after the huge success of Spider-man, Raimi has been expected to deliver bigger and bigger with each sequel, and he has. Now, alongside being in talks to direct a TV mini-series titled Wizard’s First Rule, he is being grilled by reporters and fans alike as to whether or not he will sign on to direct a fourth Spider-man movie. So far he is merely considering it, but if he does decide to take it on, they already have a release date set for

2009. In the meantime, he will be producing several other projects, including an Evil Dead remake, The Man Who Couldn’t Forget, and Dibbuk Box.

Verbinski, on the other hand, does not have quite so many films under his belt yet, though, he has had the added pressure of shooting the sequels to his mega-hit, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, back to back. This was done in hopes of making the two projects cheaper to shoot, but with hurricanes and complex special effects sequences getting in the way, it probably would have been easier for everyone involved if they had just shot the two films separately. Before directing, Pirates, Verbinski first shot a few commercials and music videos before making his directorial debut in Disney’s forgettable, live-action comedy, Mouse Hunt. In 2002, he directed the popular horror film, The Ring. In 2005, he directed Nicholas Cage in The Weather Man in between Pirates 1 and 2. Whatever he decides to do next, Verbinski has proved himself worthy of directing anything.

For more information on these two directors, visit http://movies.yahoo.com and www.imdb.com.

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