Here’s the deal about Sam Raimi and his insistence on remaking his “Evil Dead” franchise: if a studio was talking about it without Raimi’s knowledge, we’d all be in a tizzy over the news, but since Raimi is the one talking about remaking his own movie, we sort of just threw our hands in the air. So, during an appearance at SXSW, Raimi talked seriously about rebooting “Evil Dead” (so goodbye, “Evil Dead 4″?) and what’s going on with “Spider-Man 4″.
On the “Evil Dead” reboot (via IGN):
“I have talked with my partners about having a young director come in and remake Evil Dead,” he revealed. “That film was made in 16mm on a shoestring budget and blown up to 35mm. The visual effects are crumby, it was done in mono, not even stereo, let alone 5.1. What you could do with it now would be so much better.
“I think if you had a new director using the full power of 35mm and 5.1 sound, you could really make a pretty socko presentation. It was always meant for the big screen, but never really seen on the big screen”.
“Socko presentation”? I haven’t a clue what that means. But apparently it means Sam Raimi likes remaking other people’s movies, so he has no problems with other people remaking his. I guess that’s sort of walking the talk, so you gotta give him that. Not crazy about the idea, but whatever, it’s the man’s movie.
And he said this to MTV about Spidey 4, which has long been rumored to be shooting back-to-back with part 5 for a two-parter storyline:
“The writers, producers and I are working out what the story will be, but we haven’t been talking in terms of Part 4 and 5.” Raimi told MTV News. “I’ve read that [about 'Spider-Man 5’] also, but right now we’re just working on the story for ‘Spider-Man 4,’ just that one film.
“We’re definitely talking about working from all the material in the comic books and nothing [invented] outside of that, “Raimi continued. “All the characters or villain or villains, whatever we decide to do will be from Stan Lee’s creations or those that came after him.”
Then there’s this about Kristen Dunst, who has been making noise about not returning to the franchise:
“I can’t imagine making a ‘Spider-Man’ movie without Kirsten,” he said, seemingly contemplating the idea in his head with a long pause. “Of course it can be done because Spider Man has existed without the character of Mary-Jane but she’s one of my favorite parts and it would be a shame not to have her in the picture. I’m hoping she’ll be in it and I’m planning on having a story with her in it.”
You can’t imagine a Spidey movie without Kirsten, Sam? I can. In fact, I’ve been imagining it for the last two movies, and I have to tell you, they’ve been pretty awesome movies. Let’s give it a try, shall we? Bryce Dallas Howard is so much less glummy.