After openly admitting her fear to touch the original source material, Diablo Cody is already pushing blame off onto writer/director Federico Alvarez for the forthcoming The Evil Dead reboot. She explains to MTV what the filmmakers wanted, and specifically what she was hired to do. I guess if you hate it, she doesn’t want any share of the blame?
“It was really important again to the filmmakers that it remain totally grounded in reality and timeless. They weren’t trying to make some hip trendy horror movie full of pop culture references. I really hope people don’t think that that’s what I was hired to do,” Cody said. “I came in and worked on characters and relationships, things like that.”
Cody also explains that the film will have plenty of references to the original movie. She kept the 1981 flick in mind when writing her changes to the script, and said it’s important to everyone involved to keep the spirit of the first movie alive in this one. This includes keeping the original team together.
“I will say that Sam Raimi, of course, and Bruce Campbell are both involved as producers and that I wouldn’t have worked on it otherwise. Had to have the original geniuses,” she said.
As we broke the new exclusively, the reboot will follow five twenty-something friends that become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival. The story will carry a unique new drug theme that causes confusion among the teens.