Diablo Cody: ‘Evil Dead’ Remake is ‘Grounded in Reality’ & ‘Unbelievably Violent’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:30 am,

Evil Dead Remake to be Realistic and Unbelievably Violent Diablo Cody: Evil Dead Remake is Grounded in Reality & Unbelievably Violent

Whether we like it or not, the Evil Dead remake is coming down the pike, courtesy of director Fede Alvarez (Panic Attack!) and writer Diablo Cody (Juno). Will this be one of the few horror remakes to actually end up being good? One can only hope.

Cody (who wrote the script for the upcoming movie Young Adult) has been talking about the Evil Dead remake, describing this version of the classic film series as reality-grounded. She also said she wouldn’t have gotten involved if original creators Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell hadn’t been involved. Check it out what she had to say, below.

On the film being realistic – from MTV’s Movie Blog – Diablo Cody said:

“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. I came in and worked on characters and relationships, things like that.”

This jibes with the news that the film’s plot will involve drug addiction. In fact, the reason the characters in the story go out to an abandoned cabin in the woods is because a younger sister needs to be weaned off narcotics, which makes it difficult for them to realize that she has been possessed by the Evil Dead.

On the one hand, wasn’t the Evil Dead series as popular as it was because of how unrealistic and over-the-top the films were? Everybody’s favorite possessed severed hand can hardly be called true-to-life. On the other hand, if the filmmakers are going to go to the trouble to remake the original, maybe it’s a not a bad thing that they’re doing something altogether different.

A few days ago, Cody talked with Collider about the film’s extreme level of violence, saying:

“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.”

She also talked about concerns that fans of the series would be upset that she had been brought on as a writer, due to her trademark dialogue style:

“[H]onestly, I was so excited to do [write the Evil Dead remake]. I wouldn’t have even gotten involved if Sam [Raimi] and Bruce Campbell hadn’t been involved as well, they’re producing it, and so of course I was like ‘All right, I have to do this,’ because I’m such a fan of the original, and the whole original series in fact. But I was nervous to take the job because I thought, ‘Ugh, I’m gonna get **** 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.’ I feel like people will hopefully see Young Adult and go ‘Oh, okay that’s a horrifying movie maybe she could pull it off (laughs).’”

Honestly, there’s nothing Diablo Cody has said so far that’s sounds terrible or out-of-bounds, but like most horror remakes, it’s difficult to have high hopes for the end product. Or even medium hopes. Still, I’m willing to give her (and Alvarez) the benefit of the doubt, at least until we see some footage.

Do you want to see an extremely violent Evil Dead remake that’s grounded in reality? Let us know in the comments.


Follow me on Twitter @benandrewmoore.

Evil Dead is expected to start shooting soon.

Source: MTV’s Movie Blog & Collider

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  1. Typo in the headline. You spelled her name as “Coday” lol.

    • Not headline. Article preview lol

  2. This series is dead to me. The first one was an attempt to be serious and it was okay. The series didn’t come to life until we got a chainsaw wielding shotgun warrior who says, “Groovy!” when he replaces his psychotic wayward hand with said blade. This was why Evil Dead became popular.

    The director has failed to understand that Evil Dead developed a unique mythos with Ashe. Without that mythos, there are no fans of the series, period. Without the mythos, there is nothing to separate Evil Dead from every other cookie cutter horror in the cabin in the woods film.

    Why has Raimi dropped the ball on this potentially lucrative franchise over the years is beyond me. An Evil Dead movie launching Ashe into a post modern demon apocalypse I will pay to see. This crap I wont even put a dollar in Red Box to watch.

    • “Why has Raimi dropped the ball on this potentially lucrative franchise over the years is beyond me.”

      Perhaps it could be that he’s already tried three times and it didn’t make a dent on the box office charts. How many times should he try his hand at Evil dead before it catches on? Your idea of an Ashe in a post modern demon apocalypse has possibilities and I assume you want to keep Bruce as Ashe, but with his recent admission that it’s not to likely that he wants to lose the extra weight he has around his midsection.

      • …midsection, it seems the only options would be to reboot it or leave it alone. I would prefer the latter, but I guess there is a slim chance that this movie can actually be good.

      • Actually, weren’t Evil Dead and Evil Dead II both successful at the box office? They’ve also made more than enough cash from the trillions of special edition DVDs.

  3. wait did cody just say shes not doing exactly what we were all afraid she whould do? have the diologe be filled with a bunch of witty comments that are so stupid that will make the movie into a complete joke.
    (Like Jennifer’s body)

    Please… live up to that state me miss cody.

    to bad it dose not sound like there going down the route were in the sequel they would have the new guy and Bruce cambell square off against Deadites together. I think that would be cool. The older generation and the newer generation fighting side by side.

  4. Bruce Campbell is a pimp! Nuff said!

  5. I gotta agree with negacrowbar about the mythos. They don’t seem to realize that there aren’t really any Evil Dead fans, there’s no such thing as an Evil Dead fan, there are only Ash fans. We wanna see our favorite iron-jawed, iron-fisted, one-liner spitting last man standing fight tooth and nail for the next gal in line. Nobody cares about the cabin anymore, and while the deadites are some of the most original and exciting monsters in movie history, they’re not enough to get my ass in a seat. Yes they are, who am I kidding, but what would bring my ass back to that same seat a second time, and a third and a fourth is Ash and his gorgeous face.
    Although, way back there was a rumor about a girl Ash in this one. That I could dig. In fact that would be the sh*t.
    And who’s to say that this couldn’t be part of the mythos, one of the many realities that can be reached through the necronomicon’s dark forces. Wouldn’t it be dope if Ash’s old, beaten, bloody, angry self was spat into the cabin for just long enough to make fun of the new kids before getting sucked away to fight a universe away? But I digress. Everybody cross your fingers and wish for a worthy Evil Dead in 2013 (or whenever it’s supposed to be.)

  6. Yes I would rather see a new take on that idea, remakes are bad when they reshoot frame for frame. I will say this though, wait for footage.

  7. Boooo. Give me Evil Dead 4 instead!

  8. Perhaps the most horrifying thing about this movie so far is the fact that Diablo Cody is writing.

    This Evil Dead gets ZERO of my dollars, not even a RedBox rental.

  9. I know some of you are upset because its not an “Ashe” movie. Have any of you considered that the studio’s know they will have to capture a new audience for this film to be lucrative? I dont think they are trying to pander to the evil dead audience. Its all about the Benjamin’s. And as most of you have said: evil dead has no fans.

  10. I don’t like the idea of Hollywood and all the remakes or reboots. It’s like Hollywood imbed run out of ideas and is starting to remake everything. But I can give them the benefit of doubt because everybody though Batman was a dead franshise and Chris Nolan came and change our minds so… Lets se what happens

  11. what type of reality? i am glad to hear it won’t be full of fads. so many movies are ruined by the latest fad and music trends. i am glad the whole internet ghost craze is over.

  12. The over the top unbelievability is what made the trilogy so awesome, The Evil Dead is my favorite horror movie and I hold the whole trilogy close to my heart and defend its greatness quite often so I’m still very upset that this is happening. making it more real in my opinion is a mistake it’s a supernatural story so realism doesn’t need to come in to play all that much also it sounds like it’s getting toned down another thing that makes the original such a great horror flick is its bold brutality. the more i read about this remake, the more upset I get.

  13. Okay misread something sorry sounds like it is going to be violent but still I’m going to need a lot more than this before I can even consider getting behind this

  14. Just saw the remake – enjoyed it. The plot is based on reality, and the subject matter like drug addiction makes it even more real. It was awesome to see fantastical references to the old E.D. movies, when you saw limns being hacked,private parts penetrated, old basement hatches being slammed shut with rusty chains. I think this film just added another rhinestone in the studded belt of Evil Dead movies, reviving the “Mythos” in the end.

    Haters gunna hate….