Diablo Cody Dishes on the Upcoming Evil Dead Remake

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When you think “Evil Dead”, chances are you’re not thinking about “Juno” screenwriter Diablo Cody. Sure, her dialogue has its charms, but I’m not sure it’s something I want to hear while the picture’s heroes are battling an assortment of vengeful demons. Besides, did anyone else see “Jennifer’s Body”? It’s definitely not as bad as everyone made it out to be, but it’s certainly not the direction I’d like to see the “Evil Dead” series go. In a recent interview with Collider, Cody coughed up a few details surrounding the script she was hired to tweak.

Regarding the project and its naysayers:

I know, honestly I was so excited to do it. I wouldn’t have even gotten involved if Sam [Raimi] and Bruce Campbell hadn’t been involved as well, they’re producing it, and so of course I was like “Alright I have to do this” because I’m such a fan of the original, and the whole original series in fact. But 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.” I feel like people will hopefully see Young Adult and go “Oh, okay that’s a horrifying movie maybe she could pull it off (laughs).

Regarding the intensity of the script:

Because the director’s draft was really scary, I tried to stay away from some of the big horror set pieces. I didn’t wanna mess with his vision, because he’s the one who ultimately has to shoot it. That being said, there is a moment near the—I mean it’s unbelievably violent (laughs). Occasionally I threw in a wound here or there. I didn’t write anything extravagant.

Insert yawn here. Maybe this project will be a huge smash, and people will flock to the theaters in droves to experience the film over and over again with their friends. That’s highly doubtful, of course, but it could happen. Regardless, I’d love for people to actually put their creative efforts into something original, not another hollow remake of a franchise that doesn’t need the treatment. This is a dead horse I love to kick, so I apologize if I made your eyes roll.

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at) beyondhollywood.com.