The common reaction to the statement, “They’re remaking Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead” is disbelief and maybe a scream. Hollywood can remake as many of their own films as they want but the original The Evil Dead was a fully independent production that most people discovered on VHS or cable TV. For those reasons, it’s a cult classic many people hold dearer than others and the idea of a remake seems blasphemous.

But the remake is coming. It’s directed by Fede Alvarez, and scheduled for release April 12, 2013. Not only does it have the blessing of Raimi and star Bruce Campbell; they’re both producing it. Still, fans might feel a little wary. Maybe Raimi and Campbell put their names on the film just for the cash? This is decidedly not the case and, if you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe Campbell himself.

In a short, sweet, recent interview Campbell explained exactly the role he has in the movie, its tone, its cast, everything and – personally – sold me on the whole idea. Watch it below. Read More »

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Just because we’ve already seen and loved the original Carrie, Robocop, and Evil Dead doesn’t mean we can’t be curious about the remakes. Today we have teaser posters and footage descriptions for Fede Alvarez‘s Evil Dead and Kimberly Peirce‘s Carrie, thanks to the Sony panel at New York Comic-Con, and a peek at Alex Murphy’s new ride from Jose Padilha‘s Robocop. Hit the jump to get an eyeful.

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Whatever the box office numbers indicate, I’m inclined to believe there are plenty of original ideas left in Hollywood… but you won’t find them here, because this post is all about the remakes. After the jump:

  • More Robocop pics; Aimee Garcia joins cast
  • Get first looks at Carrie and Evil Dead at NYCC
  • Allen Hughes is remaking A Bittersweet Life
  • Game of Thrones director will remake Jar City
  • Brett Ratner is producing Disney’s Flamingo Kid

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Spike Lee is turning to some familiar faces to help round out the cast of his Oldboy remake. After adding his Do the Right Thing star Samuel L. Jackson a few weeks back, Lee is turning to his Red Hook Summer actor Nate Parker for another supporting role. The up-and-comer’s other credits include ArbitrageRed Tails and The Secret Life of Bees.

A remake of Chan-wook Park‘s hit South Korean thriller, Oldboy centers around a man (Josh Brolin) out to exact revenge on the person who kidnapped and imprisoned him for mysterious reasons. Sharlto Copley plays the villain, while Elizabeth Olsen co-stars as a woman who aids and romances Brolin’s character. Parker is in talks to play a doctor colleague of Olsen’s. Oldboy will shoot this fall, likely for a 2013 release. [Variety]

After the jump, Carrie and The Evil Dead get synopses, and José Padilha responds to talk of Robocop difficulties.

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It’s a nice slow day for remake news, which means we only have a couple stories instead of a big page full. After the break,

  • Sam Raimi promises a wildly bloody Evil Dead remake,
  • He also says Poltergeist is moving along, if slowly,
  • Delayed Ninja Turtles seems to have had a pretty dire original script, according to one review,
  • And original Total Recall director Paul Verhoeven calls the remake “not very good.”

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With the exception of Machete Kills, which is a sequel to 2010 film, everything in today’s Sequel Bits is pretty old school, featuring characters or properties that have been around at least a decade. After the jump:

  • Joss Whedon talks a little bit about The Avengers 2
  • Bruce Campbell says the new Evil Dead is “fabulous”
  • Production resumes on Iron Man 3 after RDJ‘s injury
  • Benedict Cumberbatch reveals when we’ll see Smaug
  • Bobby Farrelly spills Dumb and Dumber 2 plot details
  • Marko Zaror joins Machete Kills, see his character poster
  • See Paul Walker and Vin Diesel on the Fast Six set

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VOTD: ‘Evil Dead’ Tribute Animation

Be it movies, music, painting or something else, the best art inspires action in the people who view it. Sometimes that inspiration can lead you to change your life, or maybe simply inspires more art. Daniel Kanemoto is a huge Evil Dead fan and when he saw Olly Moss2010 Mondo poster for Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead, he was so inspired by the image he decided to do a little animation showing his love of the franchise. The result is now online: a 90 second ride through the three films with a Moss finale. Check it out below. Read More »

There are strange things going on out in the woods. Not the sort of strange things that happen in Sam Raimi‘s first two Evil Dead movies. No, these are the things that happen after those films become successful, even iconic. In 1979 Raimi, his producer Robert Tapert, and actor Bruce Campbell formed Renaissance Pictures, which made The Evil Dead. Two more films, Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn, and Army of Darkness, were produced, and there has long been talk of a fourth.

That’s where things get weird. Raimi and Tapert once said they’d never do a fourth film. Another company, Award Pictures, took that to mean that Renaissance had abandoned the future use of The Evil Dead name, and wants to make its own fourth film, called either Evil Dead: Consequences (chortle) or Evil Dead: Genesis of the Necronomicon. Now Raimi, Tapert, and Campbell are locked in a legal battle with Award Pictures. Read More »

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