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EVIL DEAD Remake Confirmed

Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi remaking Evil Dead at Ghost House Pictures.

By Jarrod Sarafin     July 14, 2011
Source: Ghost House Pictures

Bruce Campbell as Ash in EVIL DEAD II(1987).
© Anchor Bay Entertainment

Ghost House Pictures has announced their plans to remake the cult-classic tale, The Evil Dead. The production company that's run by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell---the director, producer and star of the original franchise---confirmed they're all returning to bring the story back for modern audiences across the globe. This time around, the trio will be bringing in director Fede Alvarez (Panic Attack) to co-write and direct the remake and Diablo Cody is also on board to revise the script. Raimi, Tapert and Campbell will serve as producers while their Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce.

"We are committed to making this movie and are inspired by the enduring popularity and enthusiasm for the Evil Dead series." Raimi's Ghost House announced in their statement. "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."

The movie centered on five college kids vacationing in a cabin in the woods who unleash evil spirits. Campbell played a student named Ash who became the lone survivor and in subsequent movies, which became darkly comic in tone, turned into a chainsaw-armed killer of the dead. It is unclear at this time whether Ash will return for the movie or if Campbell would even reprise the role.

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jedibanner 7/14/2011 6:35:43 AM

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.....another classic destroyed by the greedy hollywood suits.

Wiseguy 7/14/2011 6:53:57 AM

My first thought when I read this was, let the bitching begin, but apparently it already has.

Personally I never thought the film was that great. Sure it scared me when I was a kid and it does have a nice quirky style about it but outside of nostalgia I don't consider this that good a film. Having said that, it's going to be hard to live up to fanboy expectations. I can hear all the "cgi crap" comments already when the f/x for this film were terrible but nothing beats nostagia in the end.

And btw, how does this exactly destroy the original. If anything, this may actually put it on a higher pedestal if the remake truly sucks. And even if it does it shouldn't influence your fondness for the original

SarcasticCaveman 7/14/2011 6:54:27 AM

 Oh come on, Raimi and Campbell and Tapert are producing, I say give it a chance.  I'm not saying they SHOULD do it, but if it's happening anyway, keep an open mind.  And new incarnations don't destroy the classics.  A shitty remake wouldn't make me not want to the originals ever again.

For my money, I'd say cast Nicholas Brendan from Buffy to play Ash, but that's just me.

Calibur454 7/14/2011 7:17:36 AM

hollywood has pretty much remade everything else these days-

as far as zombie news goes Id rather hear more about season 2 of the walking dead

isgrimner 7/14/2011 7:56:00 AM

I'd rather see a sequel to Army of Darkness with an old fat Ash played by Bruce. 

swisshammer 7/14/2011 8:04:12 AM

I agree, isgrimner. That idea sounds hilarious to me and I think would play well with newer audiences; even those who haven't seen the originals.

Wiseguy 7/14/2011 8:09:03 AM

I'll third that, Army of Darkness was the best of the franchise anyway

trollman 7/14/2011 8:14:35 AM

I think the out of shap older Ash angle could be hilarious. it's been 18 years since ASH has fout the DEADITES. now he's a lethargic manager of S-Mart. drinks too much, doesn't even carry his 12 gauge double barrel remington BOOMSTICK around anymore. Suddenly he's faced with the Deadites again. "Hail to the king my ass, I'm too old for this." Ted Raimi needs to make a cameo also.

hanso 7/14/2011 9:02:36 AM

 false.  if the remake introduces something as canon it can change the 9original.   wont be the same.  samething with prequels.

horcruxx 7/14/2011 9:03:04 AM

Loved the movies but i will give this one a try, Raimi Campbell are involved in its making so i dont think they will let the director screw up the franchise, i hope they stick to the first one´s story, Lets hope hey use more fisical effects and less CGI, thats what was cool of those movies.

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