We haven’t seen a feature from screenwriter from Diablo Cody since 2009′s tepidly received Jennifer’s Body, but next month’s Young Adult kicks off a series of interesting projects Cody’s got on her slate. In a pair of recent interviews, Cody touched upon two very different ones: the Evil Dead remake from writer-director Fede Alvarez (which has the blessing of the original’s director Sam Raimi and star/exec producer Bruce Campbell, before you get too up in arms), and that Sweet Valley High movie announced a couple of years back. Read her comments after the jump.

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Bruce Campbell: No Ash in ‘Evil Dead’ Remake

There are two iconic faces of The Evil Dead. One is Sam Raimi, whose comic, kinetic filmmaking was a framework in which grotesque horror could exist side by side with Three Stooges-style slapstick. (And so: ‘splatstick.’) The other iconic face is Bruce Campbell, whose Ash Williams character is the beating heart of The Evil Dead and, to generations of fans, the voice of a certain approach to horror.

The idea of remaking The Evil Dead was wild enough, especially with unproven short film director Fede Alvarez working from a script rewritten by Diablo Cody. Bruce Campbell is said to have a cameo, but who’ll play Ash? As it turns out, no one will, says the actor. Read More »

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Diablo Cody Rewriting ‘Evil Dead’ Remake

Yesterday when I wrote about the fact that FedericoFede’ Alvarez is directing the remake of The Evil Dead, our tweet of the article was quickly retweeted by Diablo Cody, with a little note: “Go Fede!” I thought that was slightly unusual, but was in the middle of a bunch of other stuff and didn’t think about it for more than a few seconds. Scoop possibility lost! Because Diablo Cody isn’t just interested in the project as a fan. She’s rewriting it! A press release just went out announcing that the film is really, truly happening, and it includes that new detail. Find that after the break. Read More »

News on the Evil Dead remake seems to be coming fast and furious today. Last night we heard that Sam Raimi‘s longtime editor was headed to Detroit to work on the film. I scoffed at the report somewhat, thinking that it might have been a mistaken bit of information based on the fact that Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful is also gearing up to shoot in Michigan.

But Bruce Campbell‘s new (as-yet unverified) Twitter account quickly told people to believe in the remake, and now there is word of a director for the film: young Uruguayan filmmaker Federico Alvarez, who made a directing deal with Sam Raimi’s Ghost House pictures when his short film Panic Attack! became an internet sensation in 2009. Read More »

Is a Fourth ‘Evil Dead’ Close to Shooting?

The safe money would go on “nope, probably not.” An update on a fourth Evil Dead movie and/or info on an Evil Dead remake seems to surface every few months. For years, Sam Raimi has talked about making a fourth film, and in January of this year his long-time producer Robert Tapert said plans to remake the original film were still afoot. Series star Bruce Campbell confirmed that plan in April during an Ask Me Anything session with Reddit.

But now there is a report that a new Evil Dead is brewing in Michigan. Is this the fourth film, the remake, or just misinformation based on the fact that Sam Raimi’s crew is gearing up for a trip to Oz? Read More »

VOTD: Edgar Wright’s 1993 Mash-Up ‘Gun Fetish’

We post a fair amount of montages here on /Film, but this one’s extra special. Back in 1993, well before the days of Final Cut Pro, a 19-year-old Edgar Wright holed himself up in an editing suite for several weekends to put together this montage, “Gun Fetish.” The clips are pulled from VHS tapes, which explains the low quality. Even so, it’s apparent that Wright has an excellent sense of rhythm and timing, as well as real affection for the films he’d go on to reference and parody in work like Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Watch it after the jump. Be forewarned — the video is, as Wright puts it, “a little NSFW and spoiler heavy.”

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As long as Sam Raimi continues to work, there will be talk of another Evil Dead film, whether a third sequel or a reboot of the series entirely. The director never quite lets the idea die, and while doing early promotion for Drag Me to Hell he said he wanted to work on a new script with his brother Ivan Raimi. He later talked about the idea of having a young director remake the original film, so it could be seen properly on the big screen.

Now Mr. Raimi’s long-time producer Robert Tapert is perpetuating the idea of an Evil Dead reboot once more. Read More »

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