Like it or not, Evil Dead is getting a remake. The latest update on the project is that the film is prepped to go global thanks to a distribution deal that partners Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and FilmDistrict with Ghost House Pictures. The worldwide deal excludes France and the U.K.
The original Evil Dead follows a group of kids who head off to a cabin in the woods and end up accidentally releasing an ancient evil. The film introduced the beloved badass Ash, played by Bruce Campbell, to the big screen.
Deadline posted the release, which also states that Robert Tapert, Bruce Campbell, and Sam Raimi are on board to produce. Ghost House Pictures Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce, with Nicole Brown and J.R. Young set to oversee the project for Ghost House.
While die-hard fans of the original horror films may not be all that enthusiastic about the franchise getting a remake, others feel differently. Rob Tapert sounds pretty excited about having the opportunity to scare a new audience:
“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.”
Schlesse (FilmDistrict CEO) stated:
“I have been part of the extended Ghost House family for a long time. It’s fantastic to continue the relationship as we bring this classic horror film to a new generation of fans.”
Fede Alvarez penned the script for the remake, along with Rodo Sayagues. Diablo Cody provided revisions to the script and the film, which may be fast-tracked toward a 2012 production start, will be directed by Alvarez. Earlier this month, Cody addressed concerns from fans concerned that she might Juno-ify the movie, saying:
“I was nervous to take the job because I thought 'Ugh, I’m gonna get shit for this. People are not gonna like this, because all people know of me is like Juno and they think I’m gonna pollute Evil Dead with like wacky dialogue and cute stuff and folk music. And it’s like 'No, look I understand what this is. I’m interested in storytelling here and making it scary and good and true to the original.'”
At the very least, she’s a fan, and from her comments, added to what Tapert said about terrorizing a new generation, it sounds as though they’re on the same page in aiming for extremely-scary.