Bloody Disgusting has learned that Ghost House/Mandate Pictures and Sony/FilmDistrict will be taking to New Zealand next March to begin lensing Evil Dead, their redo of Sam Raimi’s cult classic 1981 The Evil Dead. Fede Alvarez directs from his own screenplay co-written with Rodo Sayagues. Revisions were done by Oscar-winning writer Diablo Cody.
The story centers on five friends holed up at a remote cabin where they discover a Book of the Dead with a demonic force unleashed possessing each until only one is left to fight for survival. As we exclusively reported, there is a drug subplot.
Casting is currently underway for the friends, David, Natalie, Eric, Olivia, and Mia. David is a mechanic and is engaged to Natalie. Mia is the friend who is heading to the cabin to detox; Olivia is her best friend/nurse. Eric, presumably, is the kid who unleashes the demons.