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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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Sam Raimi Confirmed To Direct ARMY OF DARKNESS 2

Posted on 28 October 2013 by Rich Drees

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With Evil Dead 4/Army Of Darkness 2 apparently well on its way in development, it seems almost a silly question to wonder of the franchise’s creator Sam Raimi would be returning to direct the film. But still, someone asked Fede Alvarez, the director of this year’s remake of the first film in the franchise, if he would be taking the job and he tweeted this reply -

If anyone would be in the know, it would probably be Alvarez. In addition to surprising nearly everyone with his remake of Raimi’s original Evil Dead, which Raimi produced, he is currently working with the director on developing the sequel.

And speaking of the sequel to the remake, what fans really want to know is if the two franchises will eventually collide and team original hero Ash (Bruce Campbell) with the remake’s hero Mia (Jane Levy)? Back when his Evil Dead was opening, I spoke with Alvarez who did hint at that possibility by stating that the action of his film happens at the same cabin in the woods that saw the events of the first film 30 years earlier. Sounds like that could lead to something pretty groovy.

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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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Talking About The EVIL DEAD Reboot With Director Fede Alvarez – Part 2

Posted on 07 April 2013 by Rich Drees

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In the second half of our discussion with Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez, we talk about the rebooted franchise’s future, which, by its nature, is somewhat spoilerish. If you haven’t seen the film already, take care moving forward.

Q: Now I noticed that you used some of the original audio of Professor Knowby, so in a way are going the J. J. Abrams/Star Trek route by being a remake and a sequel at the same time?

A: We’re not overwriting anything. We’re not saying that this movie overwrites the mythology of the original. They live together. If you see it from a certain point of view, this happens at the same house, thirty years later. The car’s still there. If you didn’t see the second one where the car goes back in time, at the end of the first one everybody dies. The car’s still there. But this happens thirty years later and there’s an old rusted car next to the house. There’s definitely a lot of things to geek out over if you’re a fan of the original.

Olds-Evil-Dead-RemakeQ: Given everyone’s excitement over the reception of the film at SXSW there has already been some talk of a sequel. Given that Evil Dead II took an interesting shift in tone away from the first one are you thinking of doing something similar or do you have to go in a completely new direction to avoid even further comparisons to the original?

A: If people know where [a sequel] goes, than we’ve failed. I think we really have to surprise people with a sequel. We have to really go to a different place. I agree that there is something in the Evil Dead saga that every movie is in a completely different place from the previous one. It would have to happen with this one too. The sequel should surprise you and should be something that you don’t expect.

Q: So it may very well be an adaptation of the off-Broadway musical?

A: (laughs) That would be good. I loved that.

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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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Talking About The EVIL DEAD Reboot With Director Fede Alvarez – Part 1

Posted on 03 April 2013 by Rich Drees

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This weekend, director Fede Alavrez’s remake of Sam Raimi’s classic horror film The Evil Dead opens. Recently, I had a chance to chat with the director about the film, working with Raimi and the perils of remaking a cult classic. Part of our discussion moved into territory that would spoil the film, so we’ll save that for later this weekend.

Q: Over the last several years, we’ve seen a lot of horror film remake that no one has been too happy about, but the word coming out of SXSW (following the screening of The Evil Dead) has been very positive. Did you have to live with the worry that fans were not going to be receptive no matter how good a film you put out there.

A: A little bit, at the early stages when we didn’t know exactly what the movie was going to be. Remaking a cult classic sounds like a fool’s errand and it’s going to be impossible to succeed. But it’s so different from all those other movies in that it isn’t a big studio release. This is a franchise that is owned by Sam Raimi, Rob Tappert and Bruce Campbell, the guys who did the original movie. They’re the ones who wanted to do a new Evil Dead, they’re ready for a new film. It comes from them and they’re the creative producers.

It’s completely different from those other horror movies you’re talking about. Those are properties that are owned by studios and they’re not connected to the original creators at all. They do three or four different scripts from different writers and then one day a director comes in and shoots it. This movie, I write it with one of my best friends. The two of us are the biggest Sam Raimi fans since we were kids. So we write it from scratch. We do two drafts and then we had Diablo Cody do a pass on dialogue but we didn’t use much of that, so that’s why she doesn’t have a credit. Then we shot the movie and cut the movie and my director’s cut is the one you’re going to see in the theaters.

And that doesn’t happen often in Hollywood. Usually there’s a producer’s cut and that doesn’t have much to do with what the director wanted to do. And like I said, [those other remakes have] a script that was written by several writers trying to do different things and that’s why those movies sometimes don’t work as they’re so many voices at the same time. This one is just Sam and myself basically just going out and making the movie. It’s a more independent film in a way.

Q: How involved was Sam in giving feedback during development? It seems to be that it would be like an adoptive father trying to raise a kid while the biological father was looking over his shoulder.

A: Part of his job was to give us as much freedom as he could. He knows as a director that the last thing a producer has to do is not be in the director’s face forcing him to do something that he doesn’t want. He was really committed to giving me that freedom. He said at the beginning “I am going to give to you everything that they never gave me, which is complete freedom to do whatever you want to do.” And he knows his audience better than anybody. He was really helpful in the process of the writing. When he read a scene that he knew that the fans were going to love, he would always encourage us to keep going and go a little further. He was a great mentor to have. He struck the perfect balance between being there and giving me all the room possible to make the movie I want.

Evil_DeadQ: I think most people see the decision to cast the film’s lead as a female character instead of a male one as a concession that you just can’t replicate what Bruce Campbell did in the original films. Was there anything else that came out of that decision that you discovered you could do while in the writing process?

A: Well, it wasn’t so much that we said “Well, since we can’t use Bruce let’s create a female character,” as it was more an organic thing of the story. The thing, though, is if I talk too much about it, I’ll be spoiling the movie. The heart of the story is kind of the same as the heart of the original story – these women are driving these men crazy, right? The women are the ones to get possessed first and the guys are the ones who have to deal with it. Such a great idea from the original and it’s something that really sets apart the original film from the rest of the trend which was always a woman being chased by a guy with a chainsaw or a hammer or whatever. Evil Dead was completely contrary with guys being harassed and tortured by the women. That’s something I think is a key idea in the original and is definitely back in this one.

We have a new hero, in a way, and at the end of the day Jane’s character is that person. But like I said, if we talk too much about it I think we’ll be in trouble. But it wasn’t just trying to do something different from Ash it was just something that organically happened with the story.

Q: In the film you stayed away from a lot of computer created visuals and instead opted for practical effects.

A: I think horror needs to be done with practical effects. Nobody’s scared of CGI. Even if you don’t consciously recognize the CGI, I think your mind does. And if for some reason you see something that feels off or weird, you’re not scared. So we knew that we wanted to be scary, graphic and gory we had to go practical. All of the best moments of the movie are not only practical, but 100% real. It’s the same kind of effects you could have done in the `50s.

And also you want to pay some respect to the original movies. Those movies are classics, they’ve stayed around for ages. You want to make sure that you don’t make a film that is forgettable in two or three years. And when you use CGI usually movies get dated fast. Usually the greatest CGI in five years looks weird and then ten years later is unwatchable.

And it is here where our conversation veered into spoiler territory, so see the film this weekend then come back on Sunday for Part Two.

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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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EVIL DEAD Remake Casting Starts For Real This Time

Posted on 03 February 2012 by Rich Drees

After an initial false start with the hiring and then losing of Lily Collins, The Evil Dead remake is finally getting casting underway with the announcement of two roles being filled today.

Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) has been cast in what Variety is only referring to as one of the male lead roles. Presumably, this will be David, the brother of Mia, the young woman who is brought to an isolated cabin in the woods in an attempt to get her to kick a drug addiction. Things go wrong when the group unwittingly awaken an evil supernatural force that attacks them. Collins casting was presumably for the role of Mia.

Taking over for Collins may be Jane Levy, whom Deadline is reporting as being in talks for the part. She doesn’t have much in the way of a resume outside of the TV series Suburgatory and the upcoming film Fun Size but her relative unknown status could be a boon for the role.

With it appearing as if the two main leads have been pinned down, first-time feature director Fede Alvarez still has to cast the part of David’s fiancée and the other friends who accompany the group on their ill-fated journey.

I would expect that the rest of the cast will come together rather quickly in order to keep the film on track for its scheduled April 12, 2013 release.

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