Hot on the heels of the news that David Goyer has been hired to write the “Godzilla” reboot, it is being reported all over that Diablo Cody, she of “Juno” fame, has climbed aboard the “Evil Dead” remake and is working on the script. It came out yesterday that South American filmmaker Fede Alvarez is set to direct, and he co-wrote the script, with Rodo Sayagues, that Cody is now tweaking and revising.
This makes it official that the “Evil Dead” remake is in fact going to happen. Here is the press release:
Sam Raimi and original producing partners Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell (who also starred in the original franchise) are gearing up to remake their cult sensation “The Evil Dead” through their long standing Ghost House Pictures partnership. Raimi and Tapert were such instant fans of Fede Alvarez’s short film “Panic Attack” that they set up a blind deal with the filmmaker and through that process have attached Fede Alvarez to write and direct the film. Alvarez wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues. Academy Award winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is currently doing revisions on the draft. Ghost House is committed to renewing the franchise and has the film on the fast track.
Raimi, Tapert and Campbell will serve as producers. Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Nicole Brown and J.R. Young will oversee the project for Ghost House. Lionsgate will handle international sales on the film.
The three producing partners commented, “We are committed to making this movie and are inspired by the enduring popularity and enthusiasm for the ‘Evil Dead’ series. We can’t wait to scare a new generation of moviegoers using filmmaking techniques that were not available to us thirty years ago as well as Fede bringing a fresh eye to the film’s original elements.”
Raimi wrote, directed and, along with Tapert and Campbell, produced the original horror classic “The Evil Dead” that tells the story of five twenty-something friends who become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead. An archaeologist’s tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization. Playing the taped incantations, the youths unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival. “The Evil Dead” spawned a franchise with the equally successful installments “Evil Dead II” and “Army of Darkness”.
Cody delved into horror, with wildly mixed reviews, with 2009’s “Jennifer’s Body”, which I haven’t actually seen, so I can’t speak to that, but people all over internet land are up in arms over this decision. I absolutely despised “Juno” (when I say this in public people look at me like I said I kick puppies for fun), but I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. If anything she hasn’t done enough for me to make properly judge either way. I’m pretty against “Evil Dead” being remade anyway, so it’s difficult to get too worked up about Cody doctoring the script. And at this point it isn’t even clear how much she’s actually going to do to the script, if she is doing a major rewrite or just some fine-tuning. More than who is handling the scripting duties, I’m concerned with is going to play Ash.
I want to ask you all two things. First, what do you think of Cody’s involvement? Is it a deal breaker? And secondly, who do you think should play Ash? I’ve heard names like Nathan Fillion and Sean William Scott bandied about, but, in a perfect world, who do you want to see in the main role? I imagine there will be some passionate opinions involved in these answers.