Diablo Cody Assures Fans That The Evil Dead Won't Be Like Juno
There has been plenty of outcry from fans, including myself, in the months since it was announced that Diablo Cody would be working on the remake of The Evil Dead. With good reason people began imagining Ash using a hamburger telephone and calling people, "Homeskillet." Now doing press to promote her newest film, Young Adult, Cody is setting the record straight.
Collider recently spoke with the writer about the project and explained both her contribution to the script as well as her desire to do it right. First off, one of the biggest things of note is the fact that while Cody did write a draft, most of the movie is still coming from the original version written by Fede Alvarez (who is also directing the film), which Cody says should give us quite a fright. "Because the directorís draft was really scary, I tried to stay away from some of the big horror set pieces," she said. "I didnít wanna mess with his vision, because heís the one who ultimately has to shoot it." She does admit that she included something "unbelievably violent" towards the end and a few wounds here or there, but nothing massive.
As for being part of the movie, she's fully aware of the backlash and hopes to assure fans of the cult classic that she will be doing the project justice. First mentioning that she wouldn't have done the movie if Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell hadn't been on board as producers, she expressed her love of the original trilogy and then said that the dialogue in the movie will fit the tone. "I was nervous to take the job because I thought 'Ugh, Iím gonna get shit for this. People are not gonna like this, because all people know of me is like Juno and they think Iím gonna pollute Evil Dead with like wacky dialogue and cute stuff and folk music,'" she said. "And itís like 'No, look I understand what this is. Iím interested in storytelling here and making it scary and good and true to the original.'" She also hopes that Young Adult, which she jokingly calls a "horrifying movie," will help convince fans that Juno is not all she's capable of.
I'm not really a fan of Juno personally, but I do find it pretty funny that Diablo Cody has to defend herself as the result of a script that won her the Best Original Screenplay Oscar.
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