Originally Posted by Anno_Domini
And to be fair, I only say this because Sam Raimi himself even said he knew Sony was working on a reboot anyways
We all knew this.
The reboot was being planned as a cheaper, more sustainable way to retain the rights and sell tickets. Sony knew they were gonna have to do this eventually, but don't misconstrue their eagerness to reboot as some kind of slight on SM4. Companies don't start expensive development on projects to kill time, they do it to make a movie. SM4 fell through because Raimi felt the thing wasn't coming together quick enough to make a great film and bailed.
It'd be nice to see Raimi directly address the Vultress story to end this debate, but right now I'd say we can assume that if true, it wasn't his idea. Raimi left because the script wasn't working afterall.