OLD FACT: A Raimi/Tapert/Campbell produced "Evil Dead" remake is happening.
NEW FACT: Crazy-talented newcomer Fede Alvarez is directing it.
NEW(ER) FACT: Diablo Cody is writing the screenplay.
Pop Quiz! Which of those facts do you suppose the geek-o-sphere will be pissing and moaning like gigantic, entitled babies about between now and the first trailer?
Bonus Question! Of the FIVE names listed above, which one will be overwhelmingly "blamed" for every casting decision, character-change or story revision said "sphere" decides it doesn't like in that same time period?
Yeah... look, gang - I'm a confirmed hater of Cody's "Jennifer's Body." I appreciated what it was trying to do, but it failed at it pretty spectacularly. That said, I don't "get" the Diablo Cody backlash in film-geek circles. Well... that's not true. I GET it, I'm just sort of annoyed and dismayed by it.
I really hate situations where this ends up having to be pointed out; but it's kind of unnavoidable that to a large (not "overwhelming," but certainly large) degree American "geekdom" still exists as a predominantly white/hetero/male culture. And while that's not a "bad" thing in and of itself, it does seem to manifest in sometimes ugly ways when female, black, etc. filmmakers try to play in "our" sandbox. You see it in the outcries against race-flipped casting, you'll see it in the innevitable "White Guilt!!!" replies to this post, and I think you see it in the way people "turned around" on Cody once she became a "brand."
Frankly, the MAIN thing she has working against her - the criticism that her character's all talk like the same person, namely Diablo Cody - is something that A.) people seem willing to overlook for Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith and David Mamet, and B.) not really a pressing concern in a franchise whose best-remembered dialogue is very much in her wheelhouse. I'm not saying this WON'T turn out to be a bad choice, but I don't think it'll be worth the forgone-conclusion freakout it's going to cause in some circles.
Besides, hating on Diablo Cody will only serve to distract The Internet from it's TRUE mission on this project: Determining which largely-unknown onetime castmember of which failed Joss Whedon project is the ONLY!!!! concievably-appropriate choice for the new Ash, and circulating a petition to make it happen. Priorities, people ;)