‘Evil Dead’ Remake Production Update

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Many Evil Dead fans (as they’ll be happy to attest) were perfectly content to let the remake stay dead in the water. However, over the past year, the project managed to come together under the guiding hand(s) of franchise staples Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who are producing this new take on their breakout cult 1981 horror collaboration.

Fede Alvarez (the short film “Panic Attack!”) has officially commenced with principal photography on the Evil Dead remake, according to a new press release from SPWA/Film District. The estimated $14 million shoot will take place in New Zealand and is expected to wrap up by the beginning of July (about two months, from the time of writing this).

Similar to Raimi’s original, the new Evil Dead features a primary cast of little-known or no-name stars, including Jane Levy (Shameless), Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood), Jessica Lucas (Edgemont), Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers) and Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker). It has also been confirmed that Campbell will be making a cameo appearance, at some point.

The official synopsis for the Evil Dead remake reveals that the plot still involves five young adult friends who head out to a remote cabin in the forest “where they discover a Book Of The Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons in the nearby woods” However, it does not confirm the inclusion of drug addiction and family death subplots, which have long been reported as part of the script.

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Speaking of which: the screenplay for the Evil Dead remake was co-penned by Alvarez and his “Panic Attack!” collaborator Rodo Sayagues Mendez (based on Raimi’s original script). Diablo Cody is also credited for polishing off the script, which she previously described as “unbelievably violent” - and promised will have a timeless feel, which means none of the pop-culture references and cutesy dialogue that Cody became (in)famous for after writing Juno and Jennifer’s Body.

That creative decision – to make the Evil Dead remake more of a grounded and grisly supernatural horror film – has prompted much finger-wagging from fans, who point to the over-the-top nature of Raimi’s original movie as being pivotal to its success. Still, playing things more straight seems like the only way for this remake to possibly work – in the aftermath of the satirical horror/comedy Cabin in the Woods, that is.

The Evil Dead is scheduled to hit theaters in the U.S. on April 12th, 2013.

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Source: SPWA/FilmDistrict

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  1. Passing on this one. I don’t want a “grounded” evil dead. The first trilogy was ungrounded and goofy horror, which made it awesome. Ashes one liners and cockiness made the movie.

    • This ^

  2. The fact that there will be no Ash character leading this film is ridiculous. It’s going to be just another random movie about some dumb teenagers in the woods… why even call it The evil dead? It could be cabin in the woods 2, wrong turn 5 or Friday the 13th part 32.

    • Or Evil Dead 4

      • I hear Ash is making a surprise cameo.

        • Oh my gosh remember when Chris Sarandon was in the “Fright Night” remake after he was Jerry Dandridge in the 1985 movie… That was so epic. He was just some guy who shows up and you’re like WHAT NO WAY ITS CHRIS SARANDON and he gets killed and then in the credits his name is Jay Dee which is, like, the initials of his original character’s name? My friends and I played the part where he gets out of the car like 5 million times it was so epic. Some of us were crying.

  3. this movie could be groovy, and could be not so groovy

  4. Campbell get off your butt, hit the gym and go pitch a live action Ash vs. Marvel zombies movie.

    • ^^This

      • ^^^This!

        • ^^^^this

  5. ehhhhh

  6. I just hate when a remake changes the themes of the original movie so much it simply fails. I am just glad the original dir and actor (Raimi and Campbell) are driving this which give it a chance to please fans. Most remakes are never made by original crew.

  7. Sure, make it gritty and grounded. Make it apart of the already too many modern horror movies who strive for the same thing and just end up… boring.

    However, I bet this will be marginally better than if, say, Platinum Dunes was handling it. They have a habit of sucking any sort of excitement out of their films.

  8. I have high hopes… but alas, the perpectuance for suck-i-tude is at an all time high for remade horror flics. whats next? RE-re animator? Raw Head Rex? Creepers? Night of the Creeps? or any other “creep” related movies? …….I agree with MOTOSYKO at least no PLATINUM DUNES

    DONT LET US DOWN RAIMI!!!!!!!

    and they should’ve named it EVIL DEAD : THE NEXT CHAPTER or something like that to separate it from the original……what no?

    • You mean just like how they should’ve renamed The Thing since it’s a direct prequal to the 1970′s The Thing that stared Kurt Russle & David Kieth?

      Honestly I would’ve been happier if they decided to just turn the comics for Dynamite Entertainment into a full cartoon or little short direct to dvd movies like Batman Year One or Superman Doosday….just my thoughts though :/

  9. Why not just make Evil Dead 4 you screwheads!!!

  10. Meh

  11. well if Campbell really does make an appearance then i’ll see the movie for that fact alone but for the most not excited for this at all

  12. I may be a little late with these comments, but… The original Evil Dead was meant to be more serious horror than the sequels turned into, Sam said that he wanted to ‘punish’ the audience, and ‘keep the blood running down the screen’. I love the original Evil Dead, and part 2 isn’t too bad, but it is a comedy more than a horror film, too much slapstick was put into it… then the abomination Army Of Darkness was made for a ‘larger audience’ as Sam said ‘I wanted to make it for a wider audience, not just for the fanatics’, which was a huge shame for me because I AM one of those fanatics. On opening day I watched it with that ‘wider audience’ (the theater was empty), it was a big flop, and didn’t have much of a theatrical run. It only caught on when it went to pay-per-view and video rental. And then what happened is that when it found it’s audience, that wider audience only wanted more Army Of Darkness, lots of cheese, not what is seen in the first movie. Evil Dead 2 was already a remake of Evil Dead, with comedy. I have no hopes that this new remake is going to be a new classic, I hope I am wrong but I’ve had it with all these remakes, why not make new movies with new ideas??

  13. Can’t wait hope its good

  14. If Bruce Campbell doses not play ash I will not watch it.