Raimi to direct Dennis Lehane’s latest book. ‘Spider-Man’ director Sam Raimi will direct ‘The Given Day’, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s upcoming novel. Books by Lehane have proved popular for directors: Clint Eastwood directed ‘Mystic River,’ and Ben Affleck made his directing debut on ‘Gone Baby Gone.’ ‘The Given Day’ is set in 1919 Boston, with the city in turmoil as soldiers are returning home from WWI, having brought back an epidemic of Spanish influenza. Attempts to unionize the police department have set the stage for a historic strike and two cops take center stage.”While it deals with many of the same themes as (Lehane’s) earlier work, it is also his most ambitious book, tying events of a century ago to the subjects we struggle with today,” Raimi said. The book will be published this September. EXTRAs: Raimi is currently eyeing a fourth Spidey instalment, scripted by James Vanderbilt.