‘Evil Dead’ Remake: Casting Update & First Set Photo [Updated]

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A Sam Raimi-approved Evil Dead remake is coming, whether fans like it or not. This particular recycling of a beloved cult classic is very much embracing Hollywood’s “darker and grittier” remake creed, by abandoning the mix of over-the-top gore and Three Stooges-style comedy from Raimi’s original film(s), in favor of a dead-serious supernatural horror flick, with Ichi the Killer levels of violence.

Today, we have news about the film’s male lead role (who is not Ash) being filled, along with a “set photo” released by the new Evil Dead‘s director, Fede Alvarez, which shows off “the path to hell” in the movie.

Variety has the scoop on Shiloh Fernandez landing the male lead role in the new Evil Dead. He’ll be playing the part of David, a young man who attempts to wean his sister Mia (a part recently vacated by Lily Collins) off her drug habit, in the aftermath of their mother’s death. David assembles a team of friends to accompany him and Mia on an intervention retreat, at an old cabin in the woods. Once there, everything seems to be going according to plan – that is, until one of David’s pals starts messing around with the Necronomicon (a.k.a. the Book of the Dead)…

The 26 year-old Fernandez has previously worked brief stints on TV shows such as Three Rivers, United States of Tara, and Jericho, while his previous film roles include parts in flicks like Skateland and (most recently) Red Riding Hood. In other words, he’s exactly the sort of little-known, “pretty” young thespian you would expect to headline the Evil Dead remake. Rest assured, he won’t be the only cast member who fits that description.

UPDATE: Sure enough, Deadline says that 22 year-old TV actress Jane Levy (Shameless, Suburgatory) is now in talks for the role of Mia.

shiloh fernandez red riding hood Evil Dead Remake: Casting Update & First Set Photo [Updated]

Shiloh Fernandez in 'Red Riding Hood'

Alvarez’ earlier script draft for the Evil Dead remake has been given a rewrite by Oscar-winner Diablo Cody, whose previous writing venture into the realm of supernatural horror (Jennifer’s Body) didn’t turn out so hot. All the same, that doesn’t mean the Cody hasn’t learned from her mistakes and done better work on this new dark flick. Her solid work as creator of United States of Tara and on the Young Adult screenplay is proof enough that the new Evil Dead isn’t doomed to become “Juno-fied,” just because Cody is involved.

Similarly, as widely-disliked the very notion of someone other than Raimi being in charge of any movie titled Evil Dead is, Alvarez made a splash with his short film “Panic Attack!”, so there is some good (albeit, untested) fresh talent holding the directorial reins on this flick. If nothing else, this remake should be worlds apart from Raimi’s original shoestring-budgeted work… though, that’s part of the problem for many ED fans, who would be genuinely more positive about this project, if it were retitled. Moving on…

Alvarez posted the following “set image” on his Twitter account, revealing the unfriendly (and unpaved) road that will lead to the infamous cabin in the woods in the Evil Dead remake:

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If this pic seems somewhat reminiscent of the forestry in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, well, there’s a good reason. The Evil Dead remake is likewise being shot in New Zealand – specifically, in the same region that was used in the Yogi Bear movie. Make of that what you will.

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Evil Dead is slated to begin production by March 2012, with an April 12th, 2013 U.S. theatrical release date in mind.

Source: Variety, Fede Alvarez

Update Source: Deadline

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  1. They should remake this movie once a year.

  2. New Zealand is arguably one of the most beautiful countries around and the best we can offer them is Yogi Bear and a remake that shouldn’t be made?

  3. WHY!!??

  4. How can they call this an evil dead remake when there is no Ash and there is no evil dead style humor! This movie is just a slap in the face for the true and original evil dead fan. They are just using the name evil dead to make some quick money, even if this movie does turn out to be a good movie it will never be a classic like the original so i this Sam should just make an evil dead 4 with Ash and give the true fans what they want.

    • damn right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • thank you! evil dead will never BE dead to me because its the true original, but it confuises me how bruce campbell excepts this…

  5. **Sigh** I was hoping this film had gone silent because it was dying.

    Speaking as a fan of the originals, this movie is not just a slap in the face but a fishhook in the cheek, a skeletal finger in the eye, and a kick in the…

  6. I predict negative reviews from the majority over 35 years old.

    • Most likely from a 25 year old as well. Heres to hoping I’m wrong!

      • 20 year olds as well. I should know, being 20 and a huge fan of the Evil Dead Trilogy. (And rather disappointed in this remake already)

  7. Amen Vanguard. Without Bruce Campbell and the super cheese creatures that the original drew us all in with, this project is doomed. I need to see a super fake eyeball shoot across the room and land in a young girls mouth casuing her to turn into a crazy laughing demon who has to be beat in the head with a shovel. This can only happen once any remake of it is well un-necessary.

    • youre confusing two movies. ED 1 had very little humor.

      • I agree with you Road Zombie.Evil Dead was more of a horror then,comedy and on top of it,the first Evil Dead,when it played at the movies.You had to be 18 to see it and you could not even have a parent take you if you were under the age because,of the content in the movie.I just do not understand why Dead By Dawn had the same story line and everything.The only difference between the two was the second one had comedy in it.Figure that one out and I am sorry but,in my opinion,Army Of Darkness was so horrible.I could not believe it when I seen it the first time(and only time)

        • ED1 and ED2 are similar due to the fact that 2 in essence was a remake of the first. ED1 was made on a 65$ budget that ended up with most of that money being spent on coffee and donuts…lol ED2 had a little more of a budget increase, and the awesome comedic inlay that made it the die-hard classic that it is today! I too am extremely disappointed in the fact that ASH will not be slaying the deadites in this remake…..

  8. Four words: Evil Dead the Musical.

    • NOOOO!!!! My friend talks about that, I hate to even think about it!!!

  9. “This particular recycling of a beloved cult classic is very much embracing Hollywood’s “darker and grittier” remake creed, by abandoning the mix of over-the-top gore and Three Stooges-style comedy from Raimi’s original film(s), in favor of a dead-serious supernatural horror flick, with Ichi the Killer levels of violence.”

    You know, the first Evil Dead movie actually was pretty serious. It had over-the-top gore and may have had some unintentional camp value, but that three stooges humor didn’t really show up until the sequels.

    • I have to agree. I really don’t know how they are going to make it much “darker and grittier”. When I first saw Evil Dead it was [at least for me] THE scariest show I had seen to date and remained that way for quite a while. I do admit it is now a bit tame and somewhat campy by today’s standards but still highly entertaining, even now.

  10. I think it could be good. Sam and Bruce approve. The only thing that saddens me is that they probably aren’t going to make Evil Dead 4 now… </3

    • Yeah, I probably wouldn’t be nearly as bothered by the existence of the remake if I’d get to see Bruce as Ash one more time. But Bruce seems to be so tired of hearing people ask him about it, so I’ve stopped hoping. It really is sad. I think there was room for just one more, final film.

      I kind of suspect that Sam and Bruce may just be approving of this because it’s good for their public image to do so. I think it’s more likely that their real feelings on the matter are neutral or negative.

      • Either that or they both are happy because this will make people stop asking =P

        • Good thought. :)

  11. I think the mixture of camp and horror is exactly what created an Evil Dead following in the first place.

    To remove that is creating a new movie entirely; call this Cabin in the Woods (whoops Joss Whedon beat you to that) or call it Stupid Teenagers Who Deserve to Die in A Cabin in the Woods I don’t care, just don’t call it Evil Dead, because Evil Dead it ain’t.

  12. If Bruce Campbell doesnt want to be Ash again, get Brendon Nicholas to become the newest version of ash… He does (IMO) look like ash…

    • Yeah, I agree. I always thought that if anybody should take over the Ash role, it should be Nicholas Brendon.

    • it is not bruce campbell’s being asked to do it. this movie is going to suck!!!

  13. The original Evil Dead was a serious horror film with a comically tiny budget made by young, hungry, and wildly talented movie beginners. Raimi had to make up everything as he went along and had to invent most of the equipment and effects that the film featured changing the rules for the horror genre. After he and Campbell had garnered some respect in Hollywood and had a more reasonable budget under their belts…HE REMADE THE FILM!
    All the camp, humor,over-the-top-gore, and stuipidly fun catch phrases came from Evil Dead II. Even when he was making the first film he knew that it wasn’t exactly what he wanted so he decided to try it again…sort of a do over. Is he ridiculed and phoo-phooed? Nope! Because we ended up loving the remake and some of his fans, going by some of the posts I have read, have even forgotten that it is a remake.
    Before going into rage seizures over this film give it a chance. I agree that the Raimi-Evil Dead franchise is extraordinary and can never be recreated with any degree of success but come on. I doubt that Raimi or Campbell would give this project their stamp of approval without meaning it. Anyone who has read “If Chins Could Kill:Confessions of a B Movie Actor” would know that Sam and Bruce put way to much of themselves into the trilogy to consent to someone coming along and crapping all over it. Try judging it on its own merits rather than comparing it to the incomparable. Fans may end up loving it as well. And if not… well… then let the ranting and raving begin!

    • I actually think Sam is mad at us. I mean jeez “fans” ruined his Spider-Man 3 by being so hot for Venom that the studio FORCED him into putting that disaster into the movie.

      Maybe he just wants to go back to something he has total control of, and instead of giving us what we want he’s going the EXACT OPPOSITE direction. Seems like revenge to me.

    • “After he and Campbell had garnered some respect in Hollywood and had a more reasonable budget under their belts…HE REMADE THE FILM!”

      No, he didn’t. “Evil Dead II” is not a remake, nor is it considered a remake by the people that made it. It is a sequel. Sam Raimi said so, and he directed it, so I’m gonna take his word for it.

      “Is he ridiculed and phoo-phooed? Nope!”

      Maybe that’s not ridiculed because that’s not true. And not just because the second movie wasn’t a remake. Interviews and commentaries have explained this story quite well.

      Raimi and Rob Tapert didn’t even intend to a sequel in the first place, but opted to when “Crimewave” stalled and threatened their careers. The original intent for a second movie was the plot that became “Army of Darkness,” but this was put on hold due to budget issues – requiring a return to the cabin. The comedy angle for the second movie was adopted to help distinguish it from the first – not because Raimi “didn’t get to make the movie he wanted to.” And the reason why only Ash and Linda are shown going to the cabin in the opening minutes? Because the rights to the first movie’s footage were tied up and for some surely inane reason, they couldn’t use it. Simple as that. All they wanted to do with this opening was explain how Ash got to the cabin – not to suggest the second movie was a remake. It was solely for the benefit of those that missed the first movie – which wouldn’t have been too hard back in the 80s. Heck, the original intent was to show the other three characters from the first movie, but time and money necessitated leaving them out and streamlining things. It’s a retcon, to be sure, but by no means a remake.

      “Because we ended up loving the remake and some of his fans, going by some of the posts I have read, have even forgotten that it is a remake.”

      Once again, because it isn’t a remake. Fans know the story based on Raimi’s own words.

      • You are correct on every point. I was just very curious on how long it would take for someone to go through the process of schooling me. Less than 24 hours. Not bad. Thanks!

        • Actually, you are both wrong. It’s a retcon (retroactive continuation) . It is a little bit remake a little bit sequel. So I guess on second thought you are both right. =P

  14. Is there any possibility that this will be good?

    • Yes this could be a good movie but it’s never gonna be a great movie like the original, no Ash, no cheese and no over the top gore, that’s what they say are not going to be in this movie, what they should be doing is even more over the top gore, the should be freaking people out so some of them walk out of the cinema and all the women have got there heads in there partners laps cos they can’t stand to watch.

  15. I am very upset with this. They shouldn’t even call it Evil Dead. Sam Raimi isn’t even the director, and the main character’s name is David? Lame. If you’re going to re-make a movie, do it right. I can’t believe Raimi even approved of this nonsense. And going to a cabin in the woods for an “intervention”? Please. I will be boycotting this movie, along with the other real Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness fans out there that know this is some bull. STOP RE-MAKES! KEEP THE ORIGINAL MOVIES ALIVE!!!!

    • If we kept the originals we wouldn’t have some of the greatest remakes in horror history. The hills have eyes , the crazies, the thing from another world into John carpenters the thing, the blob1998 remake, the ring and grudge remakes originally a japanise film, dawn of the dead remake, 2009lasthouseontheleft was better then the original,the fly1986 remake, house of wax did better then original, the remake of the hitched was great and personally I loved the Halloween and Friday the 13th remakes and I’ve seen the original Texas chainsaw an thought it was a little disturbing when he danced with the girl while he was wearing peoples faces as a mask and thought the 2003 Texas chainsaw movie was great. I’m not saying this movie is gonna be good or bad because I’ve seen some bad remakes(Nightmare on elmst, the omen, black Christmas, children of the corn2009, promnight,the fog,return to sleepawaycamp,) honestly I’d rather see an evil dead 4 with Bruce and rami back but if not then I’d like to see them take it serious and make it a scary horror flick like they’re promising.

    • If we kept the originals we wouldn’t have some of the greatest remakes in horror history. The hills have eyes , the crazies, the thing from another world into John carpenters the thing, the blob1998 remake, the ring and grudge remakes originally a japanise film, dawn of the dead remake, 2009lasthouseontheleft was better then the original,the fly1986 remake, house of wax did better then original, the remake of the hitched was great and personally I loved the Halloween and Friday the 13th remakes. I’m not saying this movie is gonna be good or bad because I’ve seen some bad remakes(Nightmare on elmst, the omen, black Christmas, children of the corn2009, promnight,the fog,return to sleepawaycamp,) honestly I’d rather see an evil dead 4 with Bruce and rami back but if not then I’d like to see them take it serious and make it a scary horror flick like they’re promising.

  16. Look, I am all for bringing back stuff, as long as it is done right. I saw Army of Darkness first, then Evil Dead 2, then Evil Dead. I am a huge fan of the franchise and Ash. With this is mind, this movie is going to bomb. “It’s definitely dark” is the last thing I want in the descrpition of this film. Sure Evild Dead was cheesy, but most college made films are. And sure Evil Dead 2 and A.o.D were funny, but it worked. Those movies practically made the Horror-Comedy genre, and now they want to shoot for bloody and dark? No, wrong! The movie worked because of that funny humor and fake blood, it made it great. Why? It because it wasn’t too funny and it wasn’t too bloody and dark. So why do change the entire feel of the movie? It is ridiculous. I demand chainsaw hands, boomsticks, and cheesy one liners.

    Prediction: THis movie is gonna be like Rob Zombie’s “Halloween”, it is gonna make some reason, point, or thing to focus on, and devote the whole movie to that, and then drench it in blood. It is going to tank so bad, the newer generatin will know a stupid film and not a film that is still amazing, even in a day and age full of CGI and bad plots lines.

  17. NO!!!!!!!!!!!! without bruce campbell there is no ash!!!!!! this movie will blow and i will not watch it!! quit screwing up good movies for your money making greed

  18. Who cares if this is going to be some form of a reboot, I welcome it with arms wide open because what you guys are forgetting is there has NOT been a good horror flick since the 80′s, every horror movie which comes out anymore are so easy to predict whats going to happen next. I highly doubt the movie is going to be horrible, want a horrible remake? Watch the Nightmare On Elm Street reboot! Everyone needs to realize that most directors of the past are wanting to reboot their old films because now the technology exists for them to accomplish what they set out to do many years ago.

  19. Why are the remaking Evil Dead! The original one is simply extrodinary, there is no need for remakes.

  20. Bruce Campbell made the old movies great. Wouldn’t be the same without him.

  21. I simply cannot see hollywood murder this movie for me. No Ash= no Evil Dead. Its simple Math. And I hate to sound sexist, stating a woman can’t play the hero role, but its just not groovy! I wouldn’t mind if she teamed up with Ash at least, otherwise this movie is going to make a LOT of Evil Dead fans cry like children, including me!

  22. Being a diehard fan of The Evildead,I am very happy to expect atleast a remake of the original instead of nothing.It is true that the same flavour of Raimi and Ash cannot be brought back ,but the movie is intended for an entirley different purpose…i.e to scare a new set of audience …..Hopefully ,Federico Alvarez keeps in mind the expectation of the fans and Raimi and Campbell stay true to their word that the movie is going to be gory ……

  23. Being an Evil Dead fan, I will go see it at the theatre no matter what.

    I just hope that they will stay true to the original, but hopefully they (studio) will do justice by at least giving a solid cameo role for Bruce Campbell.

    In my opinion, the studio should bring back ASH for a climax ending battling Evil one last time with the Lead role actor with a little humour dialogue for devoted fans.

    Picture this: A camera shot of Campbell feet walking towards evil and slowly move up then you see the shotgun, chainsaw and finally ASH use one of his famous quote…(There’s your cameo). But I am pretty sure I am not even close of what the studio has in mind.

    Like I said, I don’t mind a remake but at least let it be good and give Bruce Campbell a hell of cameo role than the one in the Spider-Man movies.

  24. If it doesnt have Bruce Campbell as Ash in it is aint Evil Dead. And Evil Dead already had a sort of remake its call Evil Dead 2. Evil Dead doesnt need a remake is perfect just as it is.

  25. I totally agree with Eric. Have the new main new character, putting on a good fight, but still getting his butt kicked. Have Old man Ash, come out of the dark, wearing his signiture chainsaw, and show the young buck, how its done.

    At least this way, he can pass on the torch, but still give the “Real Fans” what they want, which is to see Ash reprise his role if its only for 5 minutes.

    Hollywood are you listening????????/

  26. God, Sto with the remakes. Does anyone in Hollywood have an original idea these days? The actors suck and so do these writers, directors, and producers. Give me a chance and I’ll show you horror and it won’t be a remake.

  27. NOOOOOO I WILL STAB U IN THE NECK WHY WHY THE f*** WOULD U MESS WITH THIS MOVIE IT IS PERFECT U REMAKE MOVIES AND U KILL THEM I HAVE A IDEA TRY MAKEING A NEW MOVIE NEW STYLE NEW IDEA THAT WILL BE THE CHALLANGE

  28. I know this is about Evil Dead and trust me I’m as much a fan as the next guy and I completely agree about remakes 9/10 of them suck. I’m a nightmare on elm street junky (another good example of cheesey horror lol) and the remake of that made me sick to my stomach. Sometimes they pull it off though for instance…Dredd 3d was way better than stollones version…the batman reboot well…the tim butrton films were good in my opinion but nolan did a good job as well…supermans getting a reboot next year, have to wait and see on that one. Anywho the reason I’m commenting is the individual who said there hasn’t been a good horror film since the 80′s? Disagree…did we all forget that raimi already did another horror movie recently? Ehem drag me to hell? I enjoyed that movie…and the original paranormal activity was good…I’m not so fond of the fact they’re on their 4th one now though…same with saw…its not that ALL remakes suck or there’s nothing new that’s good its that when they do make a new good film they OVERKILL it with sequels until people are so sick of it they think the whole franchise sucks. As well as some remakes to franchises justice…I DO NOT like the original Friday the 13th…loved the remake so let’s just wait and see what happens then go from there

  29. ragazzi io sono sempre stato un fanboy di evil dead..e quando seppi che stavano lavorando su un suo remake e che in piu’la protagonista sarebbe dovuta essere una donna,m’incazzai e di brutto…perche’avevo la convinzione che avrebbero macchiato il buon pedigree di un cult…pero’ora guardando le immagini e il trailer,ammetto che il lavoro sia buono..niente scene in computer grafica e altre stronzate,ma solamente scene girate col buon vecchio stile anni 80…che dire ragazzi..nessuno ci vieta di rimettere il buon vecchio dvd di evil dead nei mali estremi e un’altra precisazione…potrebbe essere che dopo questo remake,ci si torni per un buon periodo alla moda dei film horror girati senza la computer grafica…tenete conto che io sono un fan boy di evil dead da anni e anni…lo vidi per la prima volta a 13 nni ed ora che ne ho 36,ne sono ancora innamorato…l’ho riguardato piu’di 100 volte e so le battute a memoria..

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