Xena reboot

Producers Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert hired Lucy Lawless to play Xena in their ’90s TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, which led to her starring role in the original TV series Xena: Warrior Princess. When the pair pulled Lawless into their new show Ash vs Evil Dead, we wondered if a new Xena series might not be far behind. And, yep, here’s news of the early stages of a Xena reboot, with likely involvement from Lawless, Raimi, and Tapert.

Update: Lucy Lawless says this news is “just a rumor,” more below.

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Ash vs Evil Dead details

The Ash vs Evil Dead TV series has begun production in New Zealand, and the first behind the scenes photo featuring the producers, director and star also features a super-important returning character: the 1973 Delta 88 that has been in nearly every Sam Raimi movie to date. Along with that image, which you can see in larger form below, we have a handful of new facts about the show, straight from the creative trio of Raimi, Robert Tapert, and Bruce Campbell.

We have many details below, but perhaps all you need is this statement from Campbell, who promised “This is not going to be a watered down version of Evil Dead. …[The fans] want the hardcore stuff, and they’re going to get it.” 

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new Evil Dead TV series characters

Bruce Campbell will fight evil once again in Ash vs. Evil Dead, a 10-episode TV series planned for broadcast on Starz in 2015. The show basically acts as Evil Dead 4, but will offer more than a single film could. In a huge interview, Campbell has spoken up about some of what the show will do, and given a brief description of two new characters who will join him in the fight against the deadites. Read More »

new Sam Raimi Fede Alvarez thriller

The whole crew behind the Evil Dead remake — producers Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert, director and co-writer Fede Alvarez, and writer Rodo Sayagues — are working together on a new thriller. The film is A Man in the Dark, which Raimi and Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures is assembling now, with international sales about to kick off at next week’s American Film Market. Read More »

reboot The Grudge

The Grudge has been around for a good while. It’s nearly at the fifteen-year anniversary mark. (If you count the very first short installment, actually, we’ve passed that milestone.) So now it’s evidently time to reboot The Grudge in the US.

Well before producers Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert recruited Takashi Shimizu to direct the first American Grudge installment, there were four in Japan. Shimizu directed all: two Ju-on films for television and two theatrical versions. (The first theatrical one was loosely remade as the first US film.)

Then there are additional sequels, a video game, and novel and manga adaptations. There are the two American films, also directed by Shimizu, and a little-seen third US film released in 2009. The series remains popular, so naturally efforts are now afoot to re-do the series for American audiences.

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Lots to get through in TV news today, so let’s dive right in. After the jump:

  • Aaron Paul is ready for the last stretch of Breaking Bad
  • Taryn Manning will recur on Orange is the New Black
  • Rider Strong hasn’t joined Girl Meets World… yet
  • Angus T. Jones is not leaving Two and a Half Men
  • Donal Logue misses Terriers as much as you do
  • Syfy is launching three new reality shows in early 2013
  • AMC orders dramas from the 1980s and the 1770s
  • The Blues Brothers is inching toward television
  • Downton Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes is coming to NBC
  • Starz considers a Caesar-centric Spartacus spinoff
  • Emily Owens, M.D. will end after 13 episodes
  • Fox sets Mob Doctor‘s end date, moves Touch‘s return
  • FX gives premiere dates to Justified, Archer, and more
  • Comedy Central picks up Key & Peele for Season 3

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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.

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A little bidding war erupted this week over the rights package to The Day of the Triffids, which is evidently seen as ripe for a remake. On one side was Warner Bros. and Harry Potter director David Yates; on the other was Mandate Pictures and Sam Raimi. Mandate won the auction, and Mr. Raimi and his longtime producing partner Robert Tapert will produce the Triffids remake. Read More »