Two of Lehane's novels have already hit the big screen with critical success -- Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, and Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone. Martin Scorsese will no doubt make it a threesome when he releases Shutter Island.
Set to be released on bookshelves in September, The Given Day is set in a riotous 1919 Boston, where returning WWI soldiers have brought with them an epidemic of Spanish influenza. In addition, attempts to unionize the city police department sets the stage for a historic strike. Two police officers take center stage -- but as to what role they play, I guess we will have to wait for the book to find out. I confess, I Wiki'd the Boston Police Strike and see no mention of two cops leading the way -- but presumably, Calvin Coolidge will play a part in the story.
Raimi has toyed with Oscar gold before, when A Simple Plan garnered its fair share of nominations. Surely, if a Lehane novel can bring Ben Affleck back into critical acclaim, it can do the same for Raimi. It will be really interesting to see him tackle a historical film, as we all know he has a pretty big scope. This also reunites him with Columbia, so it could mean something for Spider-Man 4. It could be the rest he's looking for (though directing a 1919 police strike hardly seems relaxing), or it could be how they're luring him back. We shall soon see.