Rumors of a remake of Sam Raimi‘s The Evil Dead have been around for a while, but nothing ever really seemed concrete. But today, news has surfaced that seems to indicate that a remake is in fact finally moving forward. Read on for more info (Update also below)!
Dread Central first reported on the current status of the remake, saying that Bob Murawski, editor of Army of Darkness, is currently in Detroit working on The Evil Dead remake and that it will be “a small indie thing like the first two.” Sam Raimi, who is also in Detroit gearing up to direct Oz the Great and Powerful (which Murawski is also editing) will not be directing The Evil Dead remake because of his current commitment to Oz, and will instead return as a producer. An unknown director by the name of Federico Alvarez has been chosen to direct, according to Bloody-Disgusting. His main claim to fame is a short film called Panic Attack!, which you can watch below.
When asked by a fan via Twitter to confirm or deny the remake, Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell said, “Believe in the remake, dawg! The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell.” Later, Campbell confirmed that he was indeed talking about a remake, and not “Evil Dead 4″ (unfortunately). He has not said whether or not he will star in the remake, but most are guessing that he will not and that a new lead actor will play the role of Ash.
In my opinion, I was really hoping that Raimi would just hold out until after Oz is completed and simply do “Evil Dead 4,” starring Bruce Campbell. He really proved that he still had it in him to direct this type of movie with Drag Me to Hell, and he already did a quasi remake of The Evil Dead with Evil Dead 2, which was pretty much the same story as the original. Another remake just seems unnecessary, whereas a fourth Evil Dead film could actually show us Ash as an old man fighting off the Deadites and bring us up to speed on what he has been up to for the last 20 years. I mean, what is The Evil Dead without Bruce Campbell as Ash?
Nevertheless, when the remake finally gets made, I’m sure I’ll still see it anyway. It seems like Federico Alvarez may have what it takes to make a quality horror film. Who knows? It might actually be good…
Update: Collider reports that Campbell will only be a co-producer on the remake, and that Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body) has been hired to write the script. Head on over to the site for the official press release.