Evil Dead's Jane Levy and Bruce Campbell Discuss the "Dark" Remake
02.20.12 by Ryan
Director Sam Raimi's 1981 cult horror movie The Evil Dead wasn't an instant success, but eventually spawned into a franchise, including 1987's Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn and 1992's Army of Darkness, and helped launch the careers of actor Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice), producer Robert Tapert (30 Days of Night) and Raimi, who eventually directed three Spider-Man movies. While Raimi has discussed making an Evil Dead 4 over the past several years, it was Campbell who first mentioned the possibility of an Evil Dead remake. "We're probably going to do a remake," Campbell said back in 2009. "We want to make it a scary movie with technology that we can now finally use where you don't see garden hoses spewing fake blood."
Years later, a remake of Evil Dead is in the works from newcomer director Fede Alvarez with a cast that sees Jane Levy (Suburgatory) take over as Mia, the character that, like Campbell's Ash, will try to lead a group of friends to safety after their trip to a remote cabin is interrupted by evil spirits unleashed by the discovery of the mystical Book of the Dead. While some Evil Dead fans will be disappointed that there will be no new version of Campbell's character, the comic book version of Evil Dead is already debuting a new female "Ash" character, perhaps in anticipation of the upcoming remake. Levy, meanwhile, recently told The Insider that she as "excited" about her role in the remake, which the actress described as "dark."
I'm so excited. I'm a big fan of the original. To me it's the scariest movie, ever. But this one is really different. They've changed it a lot, but it's still a pretty gory movie. My mom probably can't see it. I think the humor in the first one came from the special effects of the time. I don't know that they meant it to be funny ... this one is not funny. It's definitely dark.
Campbell, who will help produce the remake, agrees on the new tone. "You can expect to have a damn scary horror movie," said Campbell. "There's no Ash character — The Evil Book is going to torment a new set of kids, so it's a remake, or a re-imagining or ... a re-whatever word you want to use. It's going to be re-scary."
For those that have seen the original movie, Campbell also revealed that the trees surrounding the cabin will again be part of the kids' problems. "They're not terribly well-behaved this time either," laughed Campbell.
Evil Dead will start production in New Zealand this March and will co-star Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) and Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers). Alvarez co-wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues and was subsequently rewritten by Diablo Cody (Juno).