Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Raimi-Approved "Evil Dead" Remake FINALLY Happening?

Somewhere between the post-production of "Spider-Man 2" and the clusterfuck of shenanigans surrounding "Spider-Man 4;" something seemed to have gone vaugely "awry" with Sam Raimi. Longtime collaborator Danny Elfman claimed they'd had a major falling-out, and on the business side his innability to make a project come-together was approaching that of Guillermo del Toro.

Recently, though, things appear to have turned a corner. The rift with Elfman has apparently been healed, his "Oz: The Great and Powerful" feature is looking like it could beat the inexplicable glut of upcoming "Wizard of Oz" alterna-takes to the screen, and now Bloody Disgusting reports that the long-promise "official" reboot of "Evil Dead" is on the way...

Supposedly, the Raimi-produced remake of the original "Evil Dead" has re-entered development, and BD claims that a highly sought-after young talent has been tapped to direct: Federico Alvarez, an Uruguayan indie wunderkind whose short film "Ataque de Panico!" ("Panic Attack!") - in which Montevideo is leveled by giant alien robots - became an international sensation a year or so back:



So that's what giant robots look like when they don't suck...

8 comments:

Cartogriffi said...

Whoever is cast to play Ash will have two very large shoes, and a chainsaw, to step into. I do not envy them, but I wish them well.

If this remake does well they’ll have a tough time with Evil Dead II given that the original Evil Dead II was partially a bigger budget remake of the original. Hopefully they’ll be creative rather than jumping straight to Army of Darkness. AoD is certainly my favorite but once they hit that I think they’ll have a difficult time keeping the series going. It’s rather like Alien 3, once you’ve dealt with an entire hive it’s hard to go back to a single alien and keep the tension up.

Dave from canada said...

So this will be the third time he's made the same damn movie?

Why? Why not a sequel to AOD?

akkuma420 said...

I agree with Dave, a sequel to Army of Darkness would be great because then Raimi could just use Bruce again.
No need to find someone to replace him (no one can replace Bruce Campbell) for another pointless remake. The originals hold up just fine IMO.
Man... I really want a sequel to AOD now... :(

Sarge said...

I feel like an Evil Dead remake without Bruce Campbell is like a Spiderman movie without Spiderman.

Seriously: What's the premise of Evil Dead?

Chris Cesarano said...

On Panic Attack:

Ah, a baby stroller tumbling down the steps. That's an homage to some old black and white (silent?) film, but God help me I can't remember the name of it.

After Guillermo del Toro and Neil Blomkamp, I'm starting to wonder if we'll need to start outsourcings our directors to Not America.

It’s rather like Alien 3, once you’ve dealt with an entire hive it’s hard to go back to a single alien and keep the tension up.

I hate when people say this. Alien 3 was as much about the Alien as it was the people. I felt the actual presence of the Alien was the most satisfying (Alien requires so much build up, and if you go back and rewatch Aliens they make up half an hour, at best 45 minutes of the whole thing) and the setting itself was different for a sci-fi in general, let alone part of the Alien franchise.

While Aliens was a great action flick, I get the most satisfaction story-wise out of Alien and Alien 3. Saying Alien 3 is worse because it had just one Alien in it is almost like saying Batman Begins was worse than Batman & Robin because it had fewer villains in it. You're missing all the other elements that make it work.

Cartogriffi said...

That's fair, the main reasons I didn't like Alien 3 was the removal of the Aliens survivors and the addition of a bunch of characters I just didn't care much about. There is no reason they couldn't have produced a solid movie with only a single adversary.

However I still didn't feel like it had as much tension or atmosphere as the first or even the second. My overall experience was pretty bland.

Daemon said...

@Chris Cesarano

"Ah, a baby stroller tumbling down the steps. That's an homage to some old black and white (silent?) film, but God help me I can't remember the name of it."

I think it's The Battleship Potemkin.

xXx The Beast xXx said...

It's like the ultimate evolution of 50's B-Movie Sci-fi...I must own this movie!!!!!