Like it or not, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell had “Evil Dead” in their drawer and decided to hand it over to a bunch of strangers to remake. What are you gonna do, right? It’s their movie, it’s theirs to do with as they wish, and it’s up to us to accept it or not go see it when it opens.
In any case, “The Evil Dead” remake is coming your way, and producer and original star Bruce Campbell sat down with Digital Spy to talk about it. Campbell, Raimi, and original producer Robert Tapert are officially back as producers the second time ’round, though besides an obvious cameo from Campbell, I don’t know if the trio actually had a hand in making the movie.
It’s basically five new kids who are going to have a really bad night with a brand new director – Fede Alvarez, who was handpicked by Sam Raimi. I’ve seen it already; I think it’s definitely fabulous.
“Fabulous”? That’s fabulous. Of course you’d have to say that. You’re the producer, after all.
So, as an Evil Dead fan from way back, will I like it, Bruce?
We’re really excited and really behind it, [but] it’s going to take a bit to get the Evil Dead fans behind it. We know we’ve pissed a lot of them off. We appreciate that and we appreciate their anger and their zeal, but the only thing we want to impress upon them is that we didn’t screw it up. This is going to be just as memorable as [the original] Evil Dead without being the same movie… The nice thing is the film looks beautiful. The effects are 10 times better than we ever had access to and the actors are all better than we were in 1979. Though granted Sam Raimi is a mad genius, so we got a crazy result like Evil Dead out of this amateur enthusiasm sort of thing.
When asked if he’ll be making a cameo, he basically said Yes by saying he wasn’t “at liberty to discuss that”. So basically, yes, he’ll make a cameo.
As to the possibility of returning as demon asskicker Ash in a future “Evil Dead” sequels, Campbell didn’t sound all that optimistic, citing his age (54) and the fact that he didn’t think anyone that age should be “doing that shit anymore”. Um, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis would like to have a word with you, Bruce. And is it me, or doesn’t Bruce do that “shit” basically every week on the TV show “Burn Notice”?
The questioner then asks Campbell about the rash of remakes, something that Campbell poo-poos. Ironic, yes, but Campbell seems to recognize the irony of that irony, and goes on to justify his and Raimi’s own participation in the “Evil Dead” remake. I guess it makes sense. It’s their movie, they’ll do with it what they will.
Still a tad hypocritical, though, but whatever.