Ellen Page Drops Out of Drag Me to Hell

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I guess Sam Raimi isn’t “King of the Underworld” after all, because his latest leading lady, almost-Oscar winner Ellen Page has dropped out of his latest, the indie horror “Drag me to Hell”, citing concerns about the script. Or did she? There are conflicting reports on the matter.

The boys at Bloody-Disgusting had this to say about Page’s leave:

We have confirmed this afternoon that young Oscar nominated star Ellen Page (Juno, Hard Candy) has dropped out of Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell and that they are currently re-casting the role. We’re told that “she didn’t like the latest draft of the script,” which I’m sure is completely BS – I bet this is just a case of “I almost won an Oscar cold feet”. Good riddance I say. Universal’s film, which will be directed by Sam Raimi, is a morality tale about the unwitting recipient of a supernatural curse.

Hours after BD’s post, AICN posted this official press release from the production:

Ellen Page is no longer available for Sam Raimi’s supernatural thriller Drag Me to Hell due to scheduling conflicts caused by a change in the start date of the production.

The film is directed by Sam Raimi and written by Raimi and his brother Ivan.

In a joint statement from Ghost House Pictures and Mandate Pictures:

“We were racing to start production so that we could accommodate Ellen’s schedule. But like so many other productions trying to start before the potential SAG strike date, this one needed more time and we had to push back the start of production.”

On the one hand, BD, who is unofficial, says Page dropped out because she apparently didn’t like the script, but the public face is that it was scheduling conflicts. Who to believe? Oh well. I guess Sam Raimi will just have to get someone else to “drag to hell”…

Ellen Page Drops Out of Drag Me to Hell

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  • Steve

    Hahah, dropping a film? Who the hell you think you are Page? your work in hard candy sucked and made the movie a terrible boredom and once you get lucky with a silly teenage comedy like Juno, you wanna drop out a chance of working with Mr Raimi?…you just pretend yourself too much, I hope Sam Raimi finds a one hundred times better actress than you…Please do the world a favour and remain working on silly B class films ;) or dropp out your acting career ;).

  • Steve

    Hahah, dropping a film? Who the hell you think you are Page? your work in hard candy sucked and made the movie a terrible boredom and once you get lucky with a silly teenage comedy like Juno, you wanna drop out a chance of working with Mr Raimi?…you just pretend yourself too much, I hope Sam Raimi finds a one hundred times better actress than you…Please do the world a favour and remain working on silly B class films ;) or dropp out your acting career ;).

  • Roosevelt

    Sometimes the people you surround yourself with can do more harm than good. Like advising you to drop out of a project with a ledgendary director.

    I’ll say this, most of the Oscar winning movies, the public isn’t going to remember them or care much about them years later.

    I’m not saying this to put down the academy, I’ll just say there’s a difference between doing a little B movie most people never see compared to working with an A list director who’s moves have grossed Billion of dollars.

    It’s not always about the money, but the quality of Sam Raimi’s work have been great. Everyone knows he’s a great filmmaker, so why the sudden change in heart.

    Sometimes the people you surround yourself with can do more harm than good and steer you in the wrong direction.

    So you won an academy award, does that mean you should start dropping out of projects that could of taken your career to the next level. I don’t see Ttoby Mcguire complaining. I wonder what would of happen if Toby had sudden change of heart because he didn’t like the original script to Spiderman.

    Who knows. But, winning an Oscar doesn’t mean you have arrived. You still have to prove yourself. Especially when you’ve only done two movies anyone can remember. And your last film was a “B” movie. The public doesn’t know who you are Ellen.

    JUST A NOTE: Some of the greatest actors of all time have NEVER EVER won an academy award.

    But guess what? They appeared in some of the most LOVED movies off all time. I don’t remember Star Wars or Ghost Busters being nominated.

    How many awards did Dirty Harry, Vertigo, Jurrasic Park, Kindergarden Cop, 300, The ShawshankBlade Runner, Animal House, Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream etc…

    But we love them.

    As great as Jimmy Stewart was in “It’s A Wonderful Life” he didn’t win an Oscar for it and it didn’t win best picture.

    Best picture went to “The Best Years of Our Lives” and best actor to Fredric March from that film.

    50 years later, nobody knows who Fredric March is or have ever seen “The Best Years of Our Lives”. But we all love “It’s a Wonderful Live” and we love Jimmy Stewart. We love him in Vertigo and have seen most of his work.

    What would of happen if filmmakers started listening to critics? Sound like what she may be doing, since Raim’s film is criticly acclaimed, now that she won the Oscar, she turns it down. But guess what, critics don’t make movies.

    Filmmakers make movies and if you loved the project before, then you should of went with your gut and do it. The same critics who turn there noses at mainstream movies are the same weirdos who look down their noses at the movies we loved as a child and love today.

    So to Ellen, dumb choice, because that gives some other starlet an opportunity to work with an A list director. Do you remember Toby McGuier, yeah.. The who world does. Not saying that you will become the next Box office sensation, but working with a director like Raimi, wouldn’t hurt. I don’t hear Toby or Bruce Campble complaining.

  • Roosevelt

    Sometimes the people you surround yourself with can do more harm than good. Like advising you to drop out of a project with a ledgendary director.

    I’ll say this, most of the Oscar winning movies, the public isn’t going to remember them or care much about them years later.

    I’m not saying this to put down the academy, I’ll just say there’s a difference between doing a little B movie most people never see compared to working with an A list director who’s moves have grossed Billion of dollars.

    It’s not always about the money, but the quality of Sam Raimi’s work have been great. Everyone knows he’s a great filmmaker, so why the sudden change in heart.

    Sometimes the people you surround yourself with can do more harm than good and steer you in the wrong direction.

    So you won an academy award, does that mean you should start dropping out of projects that could of taken your career to the next level. I don’t see Ttoby Mcguire complaining. I wonder what would of happen if Toby had sudden change of heart because he didn’t like the original script to Spiderman.

    Who knows. But, winning an Oscar doesn’t mean you have arrived. You still have to prove yourself. Especially when you’ve only done two movies anyone can remember. And your last film was a “B” movie. The public doesn’t know who you are Ellen.

    JUST A NOTE: Some of the greatest actors of all time have NEVER EVER won an academy award.

    But guess what? They appeared in some of the most LOVED movies off all time. I don’t remember Star Wars or Ghost Busters being nominated.

    How many awards did Dirty Harry, Vertigo, Jurrasic Park, Kindergarden Cop, 300, The ShawshankBlade Runner, Animal House, Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream etc…

    But we love them.

    As great as Jimmy Stewart was in “It’s A Wonderful Life” he didn’t win an Oscar for it and it didn’t win best picture.

    Best picture went to “The Best Years of Our Lives” and best actor to Fredric March from that film.

    50 years later, nobody knows who Fredric March is or have ever seen “The Best Years of Our Lives”. But we all love “It’s a Wonderful Live” and we love Jimmy Stewart. We love him in Vertigo and have seen most of his work.

    What would of happen if filmmakers started listening to critics? Sound like what she may be doing, since Raim’s film is criticly acclaimed, now that she won the Oscar, she turns it down. But guess what, critics don’t make movies.

    Filmmakers make movies and if you loved the project before, then you should of went with your gut and do it. The same critics who turn there noses at mainstream movies are the same weirdos who look down their noses at the movies we loved as a child and love today.

    So to Ellen, dumb choice, because that gives some other starlet an opportunity to work with an A list director. Do you remember Toby McGuier, yeah.. The who world does. Not saying that you will become the next Box office sensation, but working with a director like Raimi, wouldn’t hurt. I don’t hear Toby or Bruce Campble complaining.

  • Roosevelt

    Correction; I ment to say “Since Raim’s film is NOT critically acclaimed, AND now that she won the Oscar, she turns it down. But guess what, CRITICS don’t make movies”

  • Roosevelt

    Correction; I ment to say “Since Raim’s film is NOT critically acclaimed, AND now that she won the Oscar, she turns it down. But guess what, CRITICS don’t make movies”