Fourth Evil Dead One Step Closer to Production
12.01.11 by BJSprecher
The fourth movie in the cult horror movie series that began in 1981 with writer-director Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead has found a distributor. The horror pic, which will go into production next year under the direction of independent filmmaker Federico "Fede" Alvarez of Uruguay, will be distributed in North America and throughout the world (save France and the U.K.) by Sony Pictures. This makes it the fourth distributor in the franchise's history — New Line distributed The Evil Dead, Paramount Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn and Universal Army of Darkness, aka Evil Dead III. Raimi, original Evil Dead producer Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell, who starred in the first three movies as "Ash" Williams, are producing the Evil Dead remake.
The new Evil Dead was written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues and will stick closely to the plot of the original movie, but with a (rumored) drug addiction sub-plot. The hiring of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno) to rewrite the script has incensed some, but Cody has attempted to appease the die-hard fans who think that she will "pollute Evil Dead with like wacky dialogue and cute stuff and folk music" by saying that she is only working on dialogue and character and that she is committed to "making it scary and good and true to the original."
Here's the synopsis of Evil Dead:
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.
There has been no word on when casting will begin for Evil Dead, but it's believed that the cast will be comprised of unknowns. Campbell is expected to cameo in the movie, though not as Ash.