Movie News: Is Sam Raimi Preparing To Go Back 'Into The Woods' For More EVIL DEAD? [Re-re-updated] Raimi & Co Confirm "YES!"

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It's been an interesting few days for all us Deadheads, we've been feverishly lapping up all the speculation surrounding this project since that very first (kernel of a) rumour broke. Well speculate no more, because Raimi's Ghost House pictures have kindly stepped in to put us out of our collective frustration with an 'official statement'. So without further ado, let's us hand you over to the real guys in the know...

"Sam Raimi and original producing partners Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell (who also starred in the original franchise) are gearing up to remake their cult sensation THE EVIL DEAD through their long standing Ghost House Pictures partnership. Raimi and Tapert were such instant fans of Fede Alvarez’s short film “Panic Attack” that they set up a blind deal with the filmmaker and through that process have attached Fede Alvarez to write and direct the film. Alvarez wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues. Academy Award® winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is currently doing revisions on the draft. Ghost House is committed to renewing the franchise and has the film on the fast track.

Raimi, Tapert and Campbell will serve as producers. Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Nicole Brown and J.R. Young will oversee the project for Ghost House. Lionsgate will handle international sales on the film.

The three producing partners commented, "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 thirty years ago as well as Fede bringing a fresh eye to the film’s original elements."

Raimi wrote, directed and, along with Tapert and Campbell, produced the original horror classic THE EVIL DEAD that tells the story of five twenty-something friends who become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead. An archaeologist's tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization. Playing the taped incantations, the youths unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival. THE EVIL DEAD spawned a franchise with the equally successful installments EVIL DEAD II and ARMY OF DARKNESS."

So, there we have it. Everything turned out to be bang on the money - well, apart from our over-enthusiastic naivety in terms of an 'actual' EVIL DEAD 4 being made (see way down the page for our initial reaction).

Now, one of the last pieces of the puzzle revealed in the Press Release is JUNO writer Diablo Cody's involvement. Nobody saw that coming. But if you think we'll be getting in on the widespread Cody-bashing, prepare to be disappointed. She's a great screenwriter with a unique voice, and the universally derided JENNIFER'S BODY is a smart, energetic, lovingly-crafted, goofy 80's horror throwback. But it starred Megan Fox, so I guess it never stood a chance. As detailed, Cody will only be taking on rewrite duties here - in fact she recently tweeted "Re: EVIL DEAD. Fede Alvarez wrote a brilliant script. My job is easy. Have no fear. (Wait, do have fear.)" - so she'll probably only be doing a little dialogue punch-up here and there. Plus: massive EVIL DEAD fan, and huge horror aficionado. It's in safe hands if you ask me.

Ok, so anybody who's been following this story with the previous updates below may justifiably be asking themselves why I currently sound so calm about this project all of a sudden. Well, hear me out...

Could Campbell's involvement be a little more than a simple producer role? See where I'm going with this?

Could this, like this October's THE THING, be both 'remake' and companion piece in one? Could this just be another tale about another group of poor souls stumbling across that very same cabin in the woods? It didn't join Ash and the Oldsmobile through that portal after all. Maybe it's still standing. Maybe it repaired itself and has been claiming victims ever since. Wouldn't that still leave room for a possible Campbell cameo as the original Ash?! What do you think? Don't forget, I called it first!

Or is this just my over-enthusuastic naivety creeping in again.

Read all the previous EVIL DEAD hoopla below...




Wow. These EVIL DEAD updates are coming in thick and fast! News is breaking that this project has now got a director. And it's not Sam Raimi (this just gets more and more heartbreaking!) Step forward Federico Alvarez. The filmmaker behind the celebrated 2009 short film PANIC ATTACK! will helm the remake (sigh) for Raimi's 'Ghost House Pictures'. Raimi's involvement now looks likely to be in a producer capacity only, as he's currently hard at work on OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL.

Why don't we dim the lights and watch PANIC ATTACK! together, see whether this fella's got the chops to deliver another 'Ultimate Experience In Gruelling Terror'...

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Read on for our earlier update...



Looks like we've got a bit of clarification on this already! Here's Bruce Campbell himself, writing on Twitter...

"Believe in the remake, dawg! The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell. "


Guess we can all forget about ever seeing the further adventures of Ash in the post-apocalyptic future then. Or protecting S-Mart from Deadites, (whichever ARMY OF DARKNESS ending you preferred). Think I'm going to go have a little cry now.

Here's our earlier story...


Could it finally be happening? Could Sam Raimi be at long last sticking to his promise that we would one day get a fourth entry into the EVIL DEAD franchise? According to the guys over at Dead Central, word is that Bob Murawski, Raimi's editor of choice since 1992's ARMY OF DARKNESS, is about to begin pre-production on a new EVIL DEAD movie. Their source also claims that it will be a return to the roots of the first two films.

Now, while this news initially delighted me (Raimi's trilogy is without doubt my favourite film series of all time), my enthusiasm soon faded when I recalled the fact that the filmmaker also threatened a potential remake many years ago. Ugh.

An EVIL DEAD movie without Bruce Campbell? No thank you.

So is it a sequel, or is it a remake? Time will tell. We're going to watching this one very closely...

Thoughts? Drop 'em in the Comments below!

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0 #4 Martin Unsworth 2011-07-15 20:17
I'm surprised they haven't gone down the route of making the film version of "Evil Dead - The Musical"
+2 #3 Andy Hall 2011-07-14 18:10
Screw this remake nonsense. Forget the cabin. I wanna see Ash as the last man on earth from the post-apocalyptic ending. An epic fight for survival on an earth taken over by demons. I love Bruce, I love Sam, but they just ain't thinking outside the box.
+1 #2 Claudia Whitehouse 2011-07-13 20:32
that looks like one very expensive short film. i don't know if i am just not a huge fan of short films in general, or whether that one just wasn't that good? it was really well shot, and the effects were great, but it just looked like a really long teaser trailer for a million movies we've seen before. the music in the background is fantastic, but the director can't take much credit for that.

don't think anyone can get too excited about this remake with neither raimi or campbell having anything to do with it. very excited about oz though!
+1 #1 Graham J Davison 2011-07-12 12:30
I think Sam proved he's still got it with Drag Me To Hell a few years back. If he puts the effort in and takes the directors chair on this, then i'm all in.

And Bruce ain't too old to hold a chainsaw!

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