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Bruce Campbell Will Star In EVIL DEAD TV Series

Posted on 28 July 2014 by Rich Drees

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Over this past weekend, there was scant details about the just announced TV adaptation of the classic Evil Dead horror series except that it was being developed by creator/director Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell. At the time we wondered if it was going to be a continuation of the (mis-)adventures of Campbell’s Ash character, if the series was going to spin off from last year’s remake or if it would strike out on its own.

Well, we have our answer, straight from one of the horses’ mouths. When one fan made their preference known as for what they wanted to see in the series, Campbell revealed exactly what the plan would be.

https://twitter.com/GroovyBruce/statuses/493274870193483777

Groovy? You bet. But as much as I am a fan, Campbell is a couple of decades separated from his prime years in the role, so I have to wonder if he will be as active, and taking as much abuse, as he was in the films. Perhaps he will be taking on a more mentor-ship role? We’ll see.

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EVIL DEAD Remake Writer And Director No Longer Working On Sequel

Posted on 30 October 2013 by Rich Drees

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Director Fede Alvarez and and his writing partner Rodo Sayagues had a monumental task in front of them when they signed on to remake Sam Raimi’s classic horror film Evil Dead. With a vocal fan base and a tagline that promised the original was the “ultimate experience in grueling horror,” they had a lot to live up to and for the most part they succeeded. Unfortunately, despite the film doing well enough at the box office to warrant a sequel, it looks as if these two won’t be the ones telling that next story.

Speaking with Gorosito TV (via DesdeHollywood and Bleeding Cool), Sayagues has confirmed that he and Alvarez are no longer working on the sequel. They still have plenty of other projects in the work, it is just the further struggles of Mia (Jane Levy) against the deadites isn’t going to be one of them.

I have to say that I am a disappointed by this news. Despite my initial misgivings, I found myself really liking the Evil Dead remake, and when I talked to Alvarez about the film at the time of its release, he seemed really stoked about doing more.

This does raise the question as to whether an Evil Dead remake sequel is still an active concern or has it been sidelined by Raimi’s reported return to the franchise for Army Of Darkness 2? We’ll see.

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Robinov: Nolan Not Taking On JUSTICE LEAGUE, Announcement On DC Comics Films Coming Soon

Posted on 12 April 2013 by William Gatevackes

jeff-robinov-premiere-argo-01You can take a lot of things from Warner Brothers’ President Jeff Robinov’s talk with Entertainment Weekly for their Summer Preview issue, which should hit subscriber’s mailboxes today and newsstands on Monday, but the main thing we’re taking from the interview is that we should never trust scoop from Latino Review’s El Mayimbe ever again.

Back in the beginning of March, El Mayimbe once again broke out the camcorder and gave us a video blog detailing some hot scoop regarding the tumultuous Justice League film. Unfortunately, that video has been taken down (surprise, surprise), but we reported on the contents of it here. Mayimbe stated emphatically that Christopher Nolan would be taking over a Joss Whedon-like supervisory role with Warner’s DC Comics films, that Zack Snyder would be on board as producer if not director for Justice League and that Christian Bale would be returning to the film as Batman.

Entertainment Weekly, which is part of the same Time Warner media conglomerate that Warner Brothers is, asked Robinov point blank about the rumor:

However, Robinov was unequivocal when asked if the rumor is true that Nolan will produce aJustice League movie, and bring Christian Bale back with him: “No, no it’s not.” (Nolan’s reps, who have previously declined to comment on that rumor, also confirmed Robinov’s statement and told EW that he definitely wasn’t involved with Justice League. Nolan is currently busy prepping his sci-fi film Interstellar.)

I’m sure Mayimbe will say these denials is just a smokescreen by the studio to throw people off the scent of his rumor. But Nolan is prepping Interstellar, and casting has already begun. It’s not logical that the director can have as hands on a role on the DC Comics film franchises that El Mayimbe claims while directing a new film at the same time, especially with a 2015 target date for the Justice League film.

This has come at the end of fairly bad stretch for El Mayimbe. How bad? Let’s roll out the “El Mayimbe Roll Call of Shame!”

  •  June 5, 2012: El Mayimbe claims that four sources have told him that Black Panther will be the second film released by Marvel in 2014. We all know now that it is Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • December 3, 2012: States Darkseid will be the villain in Justice League. And…
  • December 13, 2012: States the movie will be based on three particular issues of the Justice League of America comic book. And…
  • January 24, 2013: That the JL line-up will consist of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Flash. This version of the film was eventually scrapped, making these three rumors moot.
  • January 29, 2013: Theorizes that Tony Stark will be headed into space at the end of Iron Man 3 based on a armor that showed up in a toy design. This has yet to be rejected, but as recent ads for the film show us, the armor could simply be part of the armor armada that Stark calls in during that big battle scene. UPDATE: We now know this one isn’t true either.
  • February 4, 2013: A big one, where El Mayimbe states that Planet Hulk and World War Hulk will be the framework for Marvel’s Phase II and Phase III. This was shot down by Ain’t It Cool News and Joss Whedon. Mayimbe holds on to the idea that his version is still true, and gives reasons here.
  • February 15, 2013: States Jason Momoa was offered the part of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy. The part went to Dave Bautista. El Mayimbe states Momoa priced himself out of the role.
  • March 3, 2013: The Nolan/Justice League thing we are talking about today.
  • April 3, 2013States the Controller will be a henchman for Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy. Rumor yet to be refuted.
  • April 8, 2013: Stated Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez is developing a film for Marvel, most likely Doctor Strange. Rumor yet to be refuted.

SBSCOOPBANNEREl Mayimbe has become the film rumor version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. And like that fable, there will quickly come a time when film sites like us will simply refuse to listen to him anymore.

Why is he so wrong so often? Is it like he wants us to believe, that he is right and the studios are lying just to make him look bad? Dubious. Are the studios changing their plans after lets the cat out of the bag? Even more dubious. Or are his sources at Marvel and Warner Brothers deliberately feeding him incorrect information just to discredit him? That seems more likely.

The truth will come out in the coming months and years. Maybe, flying in the face of all logic and all denials, El Mayimbe’s rumors will come true. We’ll see. But if that happens, I’ll be the first to apologize for being wrong, something El Mayimbe is reticent to do.

Well, now that that’s over, let’s go back to the Robinov interview. The other big news from the interview is that Robinov states that there will be an announcement coming in the next few weeks about Warner’s plans for films based on the DC characters, including what films they will be making. My guess this would come after The Man of Steel debuts on June 14th. No better time than than after a big weekend for your tentpole film to tell us where you’ll be going from there.

Robinov also states that starting with The Man of Steel and going forward all the DC films will not be standalone films but be open to be part of a shared universe. That goes for the new Batman films as well.

Be sure to check out this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly for more.

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New Releases: April 5, 2013

Posted on 04 April 2013 by William Gatevackes

Evil-Dead-Poster 1. Evil Dead (TriStar, 3,025 Theaters, 91 Minutes, Rated R): There are certain films that many film buffs think should never ever be remade–Citizen Kane, Star WarsCasablanca, among others. Many horror fans would have added Evil Dead to that list. But we are in an era where every classic horror film, from Nightmare on Elm Street  to Friday the 13th to Halloween to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, is getting remade whether it needs to or not. So the only question about Evil Dead isn’t that it is being remade but why did it take so long.

The remake does still have Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell attached: both as producers and the latter in a rumored cameo. And director Fede Alvarez is going with conventional special effects in lieu of CGI for the scares. But that might not be enough who loved the original for its DIY ethic and find the remake to slick for their tastes.

FilmBuffOnline head honcho Rich Drees has a two-part interview with director Alvarez. Part one can be read here. Part two will appear on Sunday, and will contain spoilers so see the film before you read it!

MPW-77799 2. Jurassic Park 3D (Universal, 2,771 Theaters, 127 Minutes, Rated PG-13): I fear that there will soon come a time where every weekend will look like this one, with every theater showing remakes or reworks of older films. Even sequels and adaptations will make way for teh more reliable re-brothers.

That being said, if there was a film that deserves the 3D treatment, it’s Jurassic Park. The dinosaurs seem to leap out from the screen without and digital fiddling, so they should be especially impressive when viewed through those awkward glasses.

Typically, 3D reissues are also released with a non-3D version. If that is the case here, and your only experience with this film is on TV, you should go see it in a theater. Those Oscar-winning effects are best viewed on the big screen.

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EVIL DEAD Sequel Already In The Works

Posted on 09 March 2013 by Rich Drees

EvilDeadFede Alvarez’s remake of the cult classic horror film Evil Dead screened this weekend at the SXSW festival and the online reaction seems to be fairly positive if not downright enthusiastic. And if general audience’s share that enthusiasm, Sony wants to make sure that it is ready to give them more. At the SXSW screening Evil Dead producer, and star of the original film, Bruce Campbell, announced that there is already work being done on a sequel and going so far as to suggest that the rebooted franchise will grow to a trilogy.

There are no other specifics as to what direction this mooted sequel will go in, but I rather think it will continue in the straight horror vein rather than veering off into the slapstick comedy area that the original Evil Dead 2 veered towards. I would imagine that a sequel would try to push the same ratings boundaries that the current film hit, forcing a quick edit in order to get it down to an R rating from its initially awarded NC-17.

Via Deadline.

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EVIL DEAD Remake Gets NC-17 From MPAA, Recutting For An R

Posted on 29 January 2013 by Rich Drees

EvilDeadSam Raimi’s original The Evil Dead was advertised as “The Ultimate Experience in Grueling Horror,” but it sounds as if the remake is working hard to live up to that billing as well.

In a tweet yesterday afternoon, director of the new iteration of the horror classic Fede Alvarez responded to a question about the film’s rating with the following reveal –

But don’t worry, it’s not like you won’t get to see Alvarez’s original cut. You know that the studio will rush out the uncut version on home video as soon as they can without impacting on sales for the theatrical version DVD/blu-ray edition.

If you need a hint as to how intense this movie may be, even in its R rated version, here is its red band trailer. Strap in.

Evil Dead hits theaters April 12.

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Raimi Stops Unauthorized EVIL DEAD Sequel

Posted on 28 August 2012 by Rich Drees

Thanks to a judgment from a California Federal judge, the unauthorized Evil Dead sequel being prepared by Award Pictures has been stopped, well, dead.

At the heart of Awards’s assertion that they could make an Evil Dead film was 2000 Raimi’s statement that his Renaissance Pictures production company would not be making any more Evil Dead films was an abandonment of their claim of trademark on the material in the three horror film series that Raimi directed. In a filing with the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Award Pictures argued that even if the trademark for the first film is valid, the two sequels were made for different studios and constitute “work for hire” and thus could not be considered “continued use.” They also pointed to over 20 other films that used “Evil Dead” in their titles that Renaissance did nothing about.

Renaissance countered in their lawsuit this past May that although there have been no new films planned until the recently announced remake, they have continued to use the mark through the licensing of video games, comic books and collector memorabilia. They also stated that if Award Pictures planned film were to continue it would invariably infringe on many of their Evil Dead copyrights.

Judge Dale Fisher agreed with Renaissance and Raimi’s argument and stated that Awards Pictures are permanently forbidden from –

[U]sing the EVIL DEAD name or mark or any derivation or colorable imitations thereof, or any name or mark that is confusingly similar thereto, including but not limited to the names Evil Dead; Evil Dead: Genesis of the Necronomicon; Evil Dead: Genesis of the Necronomicon, Part 2; Evil Dead: Consequences, (collectively, the “Prohibited Names”), as or as part of the title of a motion picture, television program, video game, play, book or any other form of entertainment provided or to be provided through any media, or in connection with the promotion, development, distribution, or production of any form of entertainment.

Judge Fisher also ordered Awards to refrain from –

[D]oing any other acts or things calculated or likely to cause confusion or mistake in the mind of the public or to lead purchasers or consumers or investors into the belief that the products or services promoted, offered or sponsored by Defendant emanate from or originate with Plaintiff or its licensees.

Deadline is reporting that the judgment may partly be the result from Awards never responding to Renaissance’s initial filing back in May and their claim that they didn’t even have the money to hire a lawyer to represent them.

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Raimi Suing Over EVIL DEAD Trademark

Posted on 04 May 2012 by Rich Drees

Sam Raimi and his production company Renaissance Pictures has filed a lawsuit against Award Pictures for control of the trademark to the Evil Dead film franchise.

At the heart of the case is a comment that Raimi made in a 2000 book about the horror-comedy he created where he stated that he would not be making any more Evil Dead films. The folks at Award Pictures interpreted this as Raimi and Renaissance abandoning the trademark and registered it for themselves with the intention of making fourth film, Evil Dead 4: Consequences. This went undiscovered until late last year when Renaissance went to the US Trademark office to register a mark for their planned remake of the first film in the series for Sony.

In a filing with the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Award Pictures argued that even if the trademark for the first film is valid, the two sequels were made for different studios and constitute “work for hire” and thus could not be considered “continued use.”They also pointed to over 20 other films that used “Evil Dead” in their titles that Renaissance did nothing about.

Renaissance countered in their lawsuit that although there have been no new films planned until the recently announced remake, they have continued to use the mark through the licensing of video games, comic books and collector memorabilia. They also stated that if Award Pictures planned film were to continue it would invariably infringe on many of their Evil Dead copyrights.

Now granted I am not a lawyer and I am a huge Evil Dead fan, so my opinion may be colored here. But I have to say that Award is on some fairly thin ice in their blatant attempt to cash in on the Evil Dead franchise. And I think that they now it too. I really can’t see their argument that Raimi’s one time stated desire not to make any more films in the series constitutes abandonment any more than I can see that Warner Brothers deciding not to make a sequel to Casablanca as a legal out for someone else to go ahead and make a sequel to that film. (And yes, I know that there was a literary sequel to Casablanca published back in 1998, but that was does so in cooperation with the studio.) It seems obvious that the company’s continued use of the mark through licensing would also shoot the abandonment issue right in the foot.

Award’s claim that Renaissance failed to act against other films that used Evil Dead in their titles strikes me as disingenuous as well. While I have not seen the actual list as submitted in their filing, a quick search of the IMDb shows that these are probably various foreign-produced films like the Japanese Evil Dead Trap or the Hong Kong The Holy Virgin Versus The Evil Dead. I question the ability of the trademark office to be active in such an instance.

In their lawsuit Renaissance is alleging trademark infringement, false advertising and injury to their business reputation and is asking for an injunction against further infringement and further monetary damages.

Via Hollywood Reporter.

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Lily Collins Out Of EVIL DEAD Remake

Posted on 25 January 2012 by Rich Drees

Lily Collins has dropped out of her lead role in the upcoming remake of Sam Raimi’s cult classic horror film Evil Dead, just a few weeks after it was announced she had won the gig.

The news comes via Variety’s Jeff Sneider who tweeted-

Collins was suspected to be playing the heroic lead of the film, a casting twist on the original film’s Bruce Campbell. Unlike Campbell’s comedic character of Ash, it is believed that this new version to be directed by Fede Alvarez will be more a straight up horror film.

Currently the film is set for an April 12, 2013 release, so the production team will need to step into high gear with casting a replacement, as well as rounding out the rest of the cast, if they hope to meet that date.

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Lily Collins Is First Cast Memeber For EVIL DEAD Remake

Posted on 04 January 2012 by Rich Drees

The remake of Sam Raimi’s cult classic The Evil Dead has announced its first cast member – Lily Collins.

The Blind Side actress will be playing Mia, one a group of friends who find much more than they bargain for when they are attacked by demonic forces at a cabin deep in the woods. Mia is the younger sister of the as yet uncast David, who seems to be this version’s Ash. Apparently the death of their mother has taken a toll on her as the reasons the friends gather at the cabin is to help Mia kick her drug addiction.

Fede Alvarez is set to make this his feature film directorial debut with a script he co-wrote with Rodo Sayagues. Diablo Cody has contributed a rewrite.

Via Bloody Disgusting.

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