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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After an early snag that saw Lily Collins landing the lead and then dropping out three weeks later due to scheduling issues, casting on Fede Alvarez‘s The Evil Dead is now rolling along smoothly. Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) and Lou Taylor Pucci (Beginners) boarded the project last month, as Jane Levy (Suburgatory) stepped up to replace Collins.

Now the newest addition to the roster is Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker), while Jessica Lucas (Melrose Place) has entered talks. The actresses will play two more pals who get wrapped up in the horrors released by the Necromonicon. More details after the jump.

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The latest actor to sign on to Ben Stiller‘s remake of the imaginative Danny Kaye comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is Adam Scott. He joins stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine and Patton Oswalt in the story of a LIFE magazine photo editor (Stiller) who daydreams his way out of a dull reality. No word on Scott’s role at this point, but given that Kristen Wiig plays Mitty’s workplace crush, I wouldn’t be surprised to find him playing another LIFE staffer who competes for her attention. [Deadline]

After the break, The Evil Dead finds a new potential victim and the sci-fi thriller Oblivion gets a Game of Thrones player. Read More »

That new version of The Evil Dead is still pulling together a cast, after Lily Collins dropped out of the lead role. Collins would have played a troubled girl who, with her brother and some friends, goes to a remote cabin to detox, where supernatural forces are awakened to threaten the group.

With Collins out of the picture the film still needs a female lead, but it now has a male lead. Shiloh Fernandez (Deadgirl, Skateland, Red Riding Hood) will play one of the film’s key roles.

Update: Just after we published this article, Jane Levy (Shamesless, Suburgatory, Fun Size) was revealed as being in talks to take the role formerly held by Lily Collins. More info follows. Read More »

Just weeks ago Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) was announced as the female lead of the new version of The Evil Dead. She was to be the new Ash, essentially, in the Fede Alvarez-directed remake of Sam Raimi‘s classic horror film. (Calling the character ‘the new Ash,’ refers to the Evil Dead lead played by Bruce Campbell in three films, though that might turn out to be a stretch as we don’t yet know enough about what the new character will really be like.)

But that’s no longer the case, as scheduling conflicts have forced Collins to drop out of the project. Read More »

Lily Collins Joins ‘The Evil Dead’ Remake

The first actual cast member for the remake of Sam Raimi‘s The Evil Dead has been announced: Lily Collins, she of the starring role in Tarsem’s Hallmark Channel-looking Snow White film Mirror, Mirror. From what we know of this new version of Raimi’s story, it seems like Collins will be playing one of the most prominent characters, probably even the lead role. So, is Lily Collins the new Bruce Campbell? Read More »

Spoilery ‘The Evil Dead’ Remake Details

Ghost House Pictures, the company run by Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert, is getting ready to shoot a remake of The Evil Dead down in New Zealand, with Fede Alvarez directing from a script he co-wrote. (And one that Diablo Cody revised.)

We know that the basics of the story are much like those of Raimi’s original The Evil Dead: five young friends go to a remote cabin for a weekend where they are besieged by a supernatural evil.

We’ve had a few details, too, about how this version will differ from the original. I won’t recount those above the jump for the spoiler-averse. Along with a repeat of those details below, we’ve got a report that includes a lot more information about the film. This is also potentially very spoilerish stuff, and it will show just how different the new Evil Dead will be. Put it this way: there are more than a few comparisons to The Shining being thrown around. Read More »

Here’s a little bit of movement on that remake of The Evil Dead that Panic Attack director Fede Alvarez will oversee. The movie is based on Sam Raimi‘s fan-favorite original 1981 film, with a script Alvarez co-wrote with Rodo Sayagues before Diablo Cody did a rewrite.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and FilmDistrict have partnered with Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures to make a big deal to distribute the movie, with the bottom line being that Sony Pictures will distribute The Evil Dead in many countries, including the US. Read More »

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