Here’s a little bit of movement on that remake of The Evil Dead that Panic Attack director Fede Alvarez will oversee. The movie is based on Sam Raimi‘s fan-favorite original 1981 film, with a script Alvarez co-wrote with Rodo Sayagues before Diablo Cody did a rewrite.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and FilmDistrict have partnered with Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures to make a big deal to distribute the movie, with the bottom line being that Sony Pictures will distribute The Evil Dead in many countries, including the US.
Variety has the new, saying that the film is set to shoot in 2012. Longtime Raimi producing partner Robert Tapert said,
For 30 years, Sam, Bruce and I have been looking for the right home where we could return the deadites to the big screen. Amy Pascal and Jeff Blake at Sony and Peter Schlessel at FilmDistrict have always been incredible partners who share our passion for great storytelling as well as our obsession for scaring the pants off the audience. Together, we are looking forward to terrorizing a whole new generation.
The safe money would go on “nope, probably not.” An update on a fourth Evil Dead movie and/or info on an Evil Dead remake seems to surface every few months. For years, Sam Raimi has talked about making a fourth film, and in January of this year his long-time producer Robert Tapert said plans to remake the original film were still afoot. Series star Bruce Campbell confirmed that plan in April during an Ask Me Anything session with Reddit.
But now there is a report that a new Evil Dead is brewing in Michigan. Is this the fourth film, the remake, or just misinformation based on the fact that Sam Raimi’s crew is gearing up for a trip to Oz?
Dread Central reports that Sam Raimi’s editor Bob Murawski is now in Detroit “to begin work on the long talked about fourth entry into the Evil Dead franchise, which will be ‘a small indie thing like the first two.’”
So is this accurate? I’m guessing no, because there is another Sam Raimi film that is about to shoot in Michigan: Oz: The Great and Powerful. Is Bob Murawski going to work on a small indie Evil Dead movie at the same time as he works on the massive Disney Oz film? Seems unlikely. And the idea of a fourth Evil Dead, much less a remake, is not particularly appealing, so I might just be letting some practical pessimism take over while we wait for confirmations/denials to come in.
That said, a new series entry might be more appealing as a “small indie thing,” which could stay true to the series’ spirit. We’ll update with more info as soon as possible, but don’t get too set on seeing a new Evil Dead just yet.
UPDATE: And maybe I was too pessimistic. Some time after I wrote this last night, Bruce Campbell said via Twitter, in response to a fan saying he wouldn’t believe in a new Evil Dead film until he sees it:
Believe in the remake, dawg! The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell.
Bruce Campbell, who directed and starred in My Name is Bruce, told SCI FI Wire that he now regrets using his real name in the self-referential spoof.
In the film, Campell’s biggest fan enlists the actor’s help to fight a monster. Campbell now finds that viewers are taking his fictional persona a little too seriously.
“We probably should not have called him ‘Bruce Campbell,’” Campbell said in a phone interview on Dec. 14. “It created an extra layer of distress in people’s minds where they were tormented with why we went so far, if he was Bruce Campbell.”
The “Campbell” of My Name is Bruce is a divorced egotist who carries around headshots to distribute to fans while he answers their questions about Ellen and Serving Sara. The point was simply to offer such a character redemption in a setting that would please diehard fans of Campbell, who is well-loved for his roles in genre films such as Evil Dead and Army of Darkness.
“Hopefully, if you strip the ‘Bruce Campbell’ aspect out of it, it would hopefully function as your basic premise: Loser actor hired because he’s thought of as something else and turns out to be his worst nightmare come true,” the real Campbell said. “So it’s still a hero’s journey. The movie hero has to learn how to be a real hero or attempt thereof.”
My Name is Bruce screenwriter Mark Verheiden took inspiration from a similar story about old Hollywood star Alan Ladd.
“Really, it’s based on a comic that Mark Verheiden read years ago,” Campbell said. “There was an old ’40s comic book called The Adventures of Alan Ladd, where he was kidnapped by some people because he was in a couple of swashbuckling movies, to help them fight pirates. So he thought, ‘Let’s do a strange demented spin on top of that.’ That’s the initial kernel of the idea.”
My Name is Bruce also features Quan Di, a monster worthy of Campbell’s B-movie filmography. Campbell claimed the legend was authentic with a perfect tongue-in-cheek deadpan. “It was organic to Chinese lore,” he said. “In Chinese lore, Quan Di is the protector of the dead and bean curd, because he was a former bean-curd seller before he became a deity. So he’s had a soft spot for bean curd.”
It’s amazing none of Campbell’s previous movies included a face off with the god of bean curd. “Perhaps they never had the depth that this one has,” he said.
Source: Scifi Wire
Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead may eventually return in some way, shape or form, but the project’s been a total pain in the Ash for years, producer Rob Tapert told SCI FI Wire.
Tapert–who produced director Raimi’s seminal horror film and its sequels, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness–said that the possibilities include a musical, another sequel or a remake.
“There’s a guy [producer Don Carmody] who wants to make a musical out of it, a 3-D musical based on the one [Evil Dead: The Musical] that ran off-Broadway,” Tapert said in an interview. “And I still think that that’s the one I’d like to see greatly. Sam promises he’s going to do Evil Dead IV, with Bruce Campbell starring in it [as Ash], at some point in time. I just hope Bruce is still alive.”
As for the remake? “Sam and I have kicked that idea around, with Sam really being the person [pushing for it] over Bruce’s objections and kind of my going, ‘Why?’” Tapert said. “It was a movie that nobody saw theatrically, and it was meant to be a theatrical experience. If we could get some young filmmaker to go and say, ‘I can make this far better than Sam did,’ we should let him go and try. Sam is the one who keeps saying, ‘We should do that,’ and I’m the one too busy and somewhat too reluctant and lazy to really fully enable Sam to get it done.”
Source: Scifi Wire