Writer/director Sam Raimi was on this week's Nerdist podcast with Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira earlier this week, and the "Evil Dead" director was refreshingly open about some of the mistakes he made with "Spider-Man 3." Raimi was one of the first indie directors to be tapped for a major franchise, and while "Spider-Man" and its sequel were fairly well received, "I messed up plenty with the third 'Spider-Man," Raimi told the Nerdist folks.

Raimi said, "It's a movie that just didn't work very well. I tried to make it work, but I didn't really believe in all the characters, so that can't be hidden from people who loved 'Spider-Man.' If the director doesn't love something, it's wrong of them to make it when so many other people love it." He added that trying to raise the stakes even higher for the third film was "what doomed us. I should have just stuck with the characters and the relationships, and progressed them to the next step, and not tried to top the bar. I think that was my mistake."

Raimi later added, "Most people just want to talk about the successful pictures... but very times do you hear filmmakers talking about their bad movies. I mean, people aren't interested in them."

Next up, Raimi is exec producing the TV series "Ash vs. Evil Dead," which will star his old pal Bruce "The Chin" Campbell. The series is expected to debut in 2015.

[Via Nerdist, Pajiba]