It’s been a big week for fans of Evil Dead and Army of Darkness. After years and years of talk about the franchise returning with a sequel or a remake, it’s finally happening. Whether or not the particulars of the news are good in the minds of loyal fans, is another question entirely.
It all began with a rumor that Sam Raimi’s editor Bob Murawski was packing up his stuff and heading to Detroit to being work on a new Evil Dead project. Hours later, franchise star Bruce Campbell confirmed via Twitter that the project was a go and that it would be a remake. The following day we learned that Sam Raimi – the man who directed the three original films – kept to his words from a few years prior in choosing a young, unknown director to helm the pic and now, Diablo Cody is also involved with the project.
The new Evil Dead film will not be Evil Dead 4 and instead will be a remake directed by Fede “Freddy” Alvarez, whose short film Panic Attack! earned him a 7-figure exclusive deal with Sam Raimi to turn the short into a full feature film. Before that happens – if it’s still happening – the pair will team to rebirth the Evil Dead series.
Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures made it all official today with a press release on the matter, confirming the remake with Alvarez directing, as well as having wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues. They’ve also announced that Diablo Cody will be conducting revisions on the screenplay.
Sam Raimi will be producing the new Evil Dead, alongside Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell, who all helped produce the originals. The three were quoted in the press release, revealing their hopes at rekindling the series.
“We are committed to making this movie and are inspired by the enduring popularity and enthusiasm for the Evil Dead series. We can’t wait to scare a new generation of moviegoers using filmmaking techniques that were not available to us 30 years ago as well as Fede bringing a fresh eye to the film’s original elements.”
Cody hit it big with 2007’s Juno which earned her an Oscar win for her writing. She followed that up with the Megan Fox starrer, Jennifer’s Body, and the television series United States of Tara.
Cody is known for creating her own slang and unique character dialogue in her writing. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t at all. So, the question of contention for fans is whether or not her style of writing will fit in with the group’s modernized take on the protagonist, Ash, and how much they’re story and characters will veer off the path set by the 1981 original.
Can Evil Dead work in today’s day and age for new audiences, and should it stick to the same comedic style of Army of Darkness?
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