For those of you who are not in favor of a remake for ‘The Evil Dead’, I’m sorry to report that it is indeed happening. A press release was sent out today stating that production has begun on Fede Alvarez’s remake of Sam Raimi’s classic horror film ‘The Evil Dead’. Raimi, along with original co-producer Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell, is producing the film co-written by Alvarez and Rodo Savagues, with some work by Diablo Cody.
The press release, which can be seen on Collider, has a synopsis of the film, which basically keeps the same plot as the original. It reads:
“Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead and 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.”
This remake will feature a crop of young talent including Shiloh Fernandez (‘Red Riding Hood’), Lou Taylor Pucci (‘Carriers’), Jessica Lucas (‘Cloverfield’), and Elizabeth Blackmore (‘Legend of the Seeker’). Jane Levy of ‘Suburgatory’ will star as Mia, who is apparently the female version of Ash Williams, the role originated by Bruce Campbell. At first, Lily Collins of ‘Mirror, Mirror’ was set to play Mia, but scheduling conflicts kept her from joining the cast.
The principal photography on Alvarez’s feature debut is taking place in Auckland, New Zeland and should wrap in early July 2012. ‘The Evil Dead’ is slated for release on April 12, 2013.
Are you excited to see Sam Raimi’s classic get a modern treatment or will you be boycotting Fede Alvarez’s attempt at making lightning strike twice? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section.