Bruce Campbell to Cameo in Evil Dead Remake
07.22.11 by Ryan
Now that an Evil Dead remake has been officially announced, it's time to answer the question of whether Bruce Campbell will appear in the movie or not.
Campbell got his break in director Sam Raimi's 1981 original, and headlined the two subsequent sequels, 1987's Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn and 1992's Army of Darkness. Remake director Fede (Federico) Alvarez recently confirmed to Spanish site El Pais (via Bloody-Disgusting and an unidentified Spanish-to-English online translator) that Campbell will cameo in the movie.
Because we are fans of the original, we realize that nobody wants to see a celebrity in a remake like this. The only recognizable face will be that of Bruce Campbell, and he will be in a cameo toward the end of the film. We are going to change the characters and some story details, while keeping the basic outline of friends who are beleaguered by demons in a cabin alone.
Raimi, Campbell, and original Dead producer Robert Tapert will produce the remake. Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer's Body) is currently rewriting the script, which Alvarez understands is going to come under extreme scrutiny from the franchise's fans.
We realize the mistakes not to make. As fans of the original, we know we are going to offend those who are also fans just by taking this job. We're going to honor the original film along with the existing fans and hope to bring in a new audience as well.
Like the original, Alvarez contends that the remake will likely tread the same line of horror and comedy.
Sam Raimi says there's a fine line between horror and comedy. The original Evil Dead was intended as a straight horror movie with scenes of extreme gore directly designed to shock the viewer. I rented the movie with a friend from a video store at just thirteen years old, and that was a big mistake! The film scared the life out of us.
The Evil Dead remake is currently without a release date and is scheduled to go into production sometime next year.