Last night got some extra story details on the Ghost House/Mandate Pictures and Sony/FilmDistrict Evil Dead remake which starts filming in New Zealand in March. Now the studio has announced the film’s official release date…
… April 12, 2013.
That’s actually not so bad when you consider the fact that they have yet to shoot the thing. There will be plenty of time for post-production and it’s not like they’d release it during awards season anyway. Just be glad it’s not getting dumped in January.
Fede Alvarez directs from his own screenplay co-written with Rodo Sayagues. Revisions were done by Oscar-winner 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. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
An Oscar-winning writer tackling horror? That’s rare. Usually it’s the stars who free-fall into our genre after making a name for themselves (Halle Berry in Gothika and Hilary Swank in The Reaping, to name a few). But let’s not kid ourselves, WE know that stars should always be doing horror, no matter how big they get, which is probably why Diablo Cody stuck to her guns and took a stab at Ghost House Pictures’ retooling of The Evil Dead. Taking on a modern spin on Sam Raimi’s beloved 1981 film is dangerous, even Cody knew she was entering a cabin where she may never return from. I can’t help but to give her some props, especially because she didn’t have to do it (she can do anything she wants as an Oscar winner). Here’s what she told Collider:
“I was nervous to take the job because I thought, Ugh, I’m gonna get shit for this. People are not gonna like this, because all people know of me is like Juno and they think I’m gonna pollute ‘Evil Dead’ with like wacky dialogue and cute stuff and folk music, and it’s like ‘No, look I understand what this is. I’m interested in storytelling here and making it scary and good and true to the original,’ ” she said.
Cody adds, “Because the director’s draft was really scary, I tried to stay away from some of the big horror set pieces. I didn’t wanna mess with his vision, because he’s the one who ultimately has to shoot it. That being said, there is a moment near the — I mean it’s unbelievably violent (laughs). Occasionally I threw in a wound here or there. I didn’t write anything extravagant.” READ MORE
Speaking with TV Guide, Bruce Campbell just dropped a few nuggets about The Evil Dead remake.
Per Campbell, “We are going to remake it. The first one. And people are a little iffy about that [but] we wanted to remake a movie with better effects and we’re better at telling stories now… There’s no ‘Ash’ character and that pisses people off [but] we didn’t want to have the direct comparison. I wouldn’t want to put an actor in that position.”
The upcoming Diablo Cody (Young Adult, Jennifer’s Body, Juno) penned Fede Alvarez (Ataque De Panico) directed remake/reboot does not currently have a release date. But we’ll let you know when it does!
Campbell doesn’t completely shut down the idea of a cameo though. Check out the video after the jump! READ MORE
Other than the plot synopsis we scored we’ve yet to see much tangible evidence of the existence of a new The Evil Dead as an existing property.
Now we get the smallest visual tease from the upcoming Diablo Cody (Young Adult, Jennifer’s Body, Juno) penned Fede Alvarez (Ataque De Panico) directed remake/reboot – the logo.
As we exclusively broke the news, the “new spin” is the motivation behind the trip, with the lead character taking his younger sister to the family’s cabin to help her kick her drug addiction. Without her drugs she becomes insane and difficult to control, which makes it impossible to see that she’s actually possessed. READ MORE
As we broke the news exclusively last week, The Evil Dead franchise star Bruce Campbell was rumored for a cameo in the Federico Alvarez-directed reboot that’s to go into production some time next year.
Spanish website El Pais caught up with Alvarez who all but confirmed the cameo, while also giving fans some hefty reassurance.
“We realize the mistakes not to make,” says Alvarez. “As fans of the original, we know we are going to offend those who are also fans just by taking this job. We’re going to honor the original film along with the existing fans and hope to bring in a new audience as well.”
“Because we are fans of the original, we realize that nobody wants to see a celebrity in a remake like this,” he continues. “The only recognizable face will be that of Bruce Campbell, and he will be in a cameo toward the end of the film. We are going to change the characters and some story details, while keeping the basic outline of friends who are beleaguered by demons in a cabin alone.”
Alvarez continues, “Sam Raimi says there’s a fine line between horror and comedy. The original Evil Dead was intended as a straight horror movie with scenes of extreme gore directly designed to shock the viewer. I rented the movie with a friend from a video store at just thirteen years old, and that was a big mistake! The film scared the life out of us.”
Diablo Cody is currently rewriting Alvarez’s treatment.
Update: We can confirm Diablo Cody is secretly involved with the screenplay. Story soon.
Just yesterday we broke the news exclusively that short film director Fede Alvarez (Federico Alvarez) would be getting behind the camera for a reboot of Sam Raimi’s cult classic The Evil Dead. We went scoop hunting on the heels of Dread Central’s tip-off that Raimi was flying to Detroit to cast up the long-awaited fourth Evil Dead.
Now that the dust has settled, here’s what remains: We exclusively learned that the script for the remake is still being retooled and is undergoing rewrites. They’re not even close to casting yet. As of this writing Bruce Campbell will NOT star, but he could cameo (maybe the down-and-out “Ash” will pass the torch on to a younger S-Mart employee?)
The summary? I’ll believe there’s a new Evil Dead in theaters when I’m watching it with my own two eyes. And always remember: Shop smart, shop S-Mart.
With the news breaking late last night we had to wait until this morning to work our magic.
Bloody Disgusting is being told exclusively that Sam Raimi is gearing up to produce a quasi-remake of The Evil Dead, his breakthrough horror film from 1981 that starred Bruce Campbell as “Ash”, a modern day warrior who fends of resurrected deadites.
In an exclusive scoop, we’re told that Fede Alvarez (Federico Alvarez) is directing for Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures and Mandate. The remake was announced way back in 2004. No word on casting or if Bruce Campbell will return.
As Dread Central reported yesterday, it sounds as if caasting is already taking place in Detroit, Michigan for a “low budget” shoot before Raimi steps behind the camera for Oz: The Great and Powerful.
Alvarez got his foot in the door with his epic 2009 sci-fi short Panic Attack! Watch it below.