‘Evil Dead’ Director To Co-Write & Direct Mysterious Sci-Fi Movie ‘Machina’

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On the strength of his impressive 2009 short film Ataque de Pánico! (Panic Attack!) – watch it below – Uruguay-born director Fede Alvarez was handed one of the great horror franchises to remake with this year’s Evil DeadWhile reviews were mixed (but leaned toward the positive, read ours here), the film did well at the box office, grossing $98 million worldwide on a $17 million budget.

Now it appears Evil Dead  has given Alvarez the clout to move forward with his original sci-fi action project, titled Machina for Media Rights Capital. There are no other details available at the moment, with even the logline as yet under wraps. Alvarez, who is attached to direct, is also co-writing with his partner Rodo Sayagues (the two of them also co-wrote Evil Dead).

According to THR, Alvarez originally set this project up at Sam Raimi’s Ghost House production company after his celebrated short film – which follows a giant robot attack on Montevideo, Uruguay – caught Raimi’s eye. While Machina was in development, Alvarez and Sayagues were tapped to tackle Evil Dead, presumably in order to prove their mettle, a decision which paid off (at least financially).

With no details available on the story for Machina, we can only speculate. The title echoes the giant attack robots from his short film, so it could be a feature-length expansion of that – a common move by newly-established filmmakers. It could also have nothing at all to do with Panic Attack! since Alvarez might be ready for something wholly original after remaking Evil Dead.

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There is also a question of just when we can expect to see this. Alvarez appeared to be planning a sequel to Evil Dead as Sam Raimi (and one of his brothers and possibly frequent co-writer Ivan) plans to write Army of Darkness 2  – a sequel to the third entry in the original The Evil Dead series). Bruce Campbell has reportedly agreed to star, as well. And after both of of those films happen, “both worlds would combine for a final, seventh film.”

It’s an ambitious idea for sure, but what about the (wholly unconfirmed) rumor that Alvarez was in talks to write and direct Marvel’s Doctor Strange? As we pointed out, he’d be a pretty great choice, having proven with Panic Attack! that he can deliver an impressive spectacle, along with his handling of the supernatural and the deeply weird. Still, despite Kevin Feige continuing to name-drop Doctor Strange, we should not expect any further Phase 3 announcement from Marvel until 2014. The studio may – or may not – even confirm if they met with Alvarez at all.

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Alvarez and Sayagues’ continuing development of Machina is the likely next project from these two, and it will be interesting to see them turn to science fiction, with a broader canvas to play with.


Expect more news on Machina as the details become available.

Source: THR

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  1. Looking forward to it. I think he did a good job with Evil Dead. It was very intense, but also great. I’ve become kind of disenchanted with horror movies these days so it was good to see something that impressed me again.

  2. While I hated the Evil Dead remake, maybe Fede will do an ok job with an original idea. That’s the kind of films he should be making instead of ruining Doctor Strange.

    The Evil dead remake was nothing but blood, gore, no character development, and an ending that goes right against what evil dead stood for.

    • Alavrez’s Evil Dead is NOT a remake, its another chapter in the franchise. Thats why it will merge with the new Army Of Darkness sequel. And as far as the originals go, none of the films were a character study of development and horror. They are meant to be campy and fun, with scares, just as the new one did. Both were gross out films in their respective times and the new one carries that torch well.

      • The original one used blood and gore too but was done so creatively rather than overkill like this one. I don’t mind a darker take on evil dead ut chracter development has to come about as well, something you can get away with campy fun.

  3. I loved the remake so he should do a good job on whatever Machina is all about. Seems that with this short and Evil Dead, you can see his passion for both projects so that’s a good sign.

  4. You should automatically never be allowed to make another movies if you use “In A Heartbeat” by John Murphy as your music for a short. It’s become so played out that it loses the impact it’s supposed to have. It’s actually now cliche and that’s a terrible disservices to the composer.

    I didn’t even bother finishing watching the video clip as soon as I heard it.

    • Radical much?

  5. Oh man, I love these three words together: “original sci-fi action”. BRING IT!

  6. I think he’s got talent when it comes to the visual aspects and he’s seem like he’ll improve as he continues, but he co-wrote the evil dead remake and if I had one complaint about the movie it’d be the dialogue. Just terrible dialogue in evil dead, so I’d prefer that he’d only take on the directing duties.