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EVIL DEAD... the remake' Whaaaaa''''

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with some interesting news. We've been hearing for a month or so now that Raimi put a halt to FREDDY VS JASON VS ASH because he had other plans for the character and didn't want to give him up just yet. Soon after that, I started hearing rumblings that Raimi wasn't going to be doing EVIL DEAD 4, but rather an EVIL DEAD remake. Now, Variety has confirmed that.

Also confirmed is that Raimi will only produce the film through Ghost House and not direct. No mention if Bruce will be returning to the role.

I'm a little bit conflicted with this news, mostly because of the giant question mark about Campbell's involvement (outside of producing). There is no other Ash. Making an EVIL DEAD movie not directed by Raimi and not starring Bruce Campbell as Ash would be a big, big mistake in my opinion. Although, Harry tells me that a little bird told him that Raimi was in talks with a famed asian director noted for electrocution, incest and making the most out of a Craftsman Hammer. If that happens, then my indecision will be leaning a lot towards the "can't friggin' wait!" side, but without Campbell as Ash then there is no point.

Who knows? Maybe Raimi's got another card up his sleeve and this is just one of a couple EVIL DEAD universe related projects. Maybe he's still planning EVIL DEAD 4 after SPIDEY 3. I know I'd rather see a continuation of the series rather than another remake of EVIL DEAD. They did it perfectly with EVIL DEAD 2, kinda struck that odd balance of being a rema-sequel, so why do it again? Who knows, but for now that's what is out there. I'll dig around a bit and see if I can't dig up anything more on what Raimi is doing. So, gather your 49 Anchor Bay editions of EVIL DEAD, EVIL DEAD 2 and ARMY OF DARKNESS and wonder at what the future holds!





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  • Nov. 18, 2004, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Halo

    by UltimaRex

    What happened to the halo movie story?

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 5:05 a.m. CST

    Probably a fakey nt

    by Laimbrane

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 5:09 a.m. CST

    IS THIS SITE EVEN RELEVANT ANYMORE???

    by JethroBodine

    ICHABOD!

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 5:10 a.m. CST

    WHAT???

    by moviemaniac-7

    Come on, Evil Dead is great!! Why the fuck remake it? Why not an Evil Dead 4. Bring in a new twist to the saga? No matter who is going to direct it, if Raimi is not behind the camera and Campbell in front of it I am not interested. Why do lots of talented people waste their time with remakes??? Are we going to get some kind of Evil POV swinging and through the woods Spidey-style?? ---- But wait a minute... What if a certain young couple (Peter Parker and MJ) rent a cabin in the middle of the woods, find a 'crazy' man named Ash who talks about demons and shit and they go out and kick some serious ass. Remaking EVIL DEAD... Just don't... Make a part 4 set in the future or a cool crossover (like mentioned above or... Ash and Buffy fighting evil...) BUT NO FUCKING REMAKE!!!!

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 5:12 a.m. CST

    I hate fakeys

    by UltimaRex

    Grrr... And I was going to say Bruce for Master Chief as well...

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Why complain? Evil Dead 2 was a remake of the original and it k

    by Some Dude

    And the third contained a remake/encapsulation of the second. Beside, there is something kind of funny and subversive about reversing the "normal" direction of idea flow and letting the Asian remake an American horror film, instead of the other way around. Poetic justice?

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 6:07 a.m. CST

    A famed asian director noted for electrocution, incest and makin

    by godoffireinhell

    Who the hell would that be? I watch a lot of recent Asian films and I got no idea ...

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Big Headed!!!!!

    by RedFive

    Yickes!!! Another remake of a Horror classic with state of the art special effects and teeny booper stars in the leads. Maybe Sam is getting alittle Big Headed with his success of the Grudge.But dont go overboard Sam. Evil dead is Sam and Bruce Directing and staring.The End. This is another reason I wish Horror were dead in the eyes of Hollywood,remakes remakes remakes. Im just waiting for Freddy Prince jr.to be announced as Freddy Krueger. Dont think that will happen?,think again,.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 7:16 a.m. CST

    The first one had a bit of an edge.

    by pax256

    Then the 2nd one went all camp. If they can reinvent the series with Campbell starring, I have to agree its a must there, but keeping it scary and only having some classic Campbell humor to relieve the tension then I think it could rock. I hated the campy way the series went after part 1. Tho part 3 had its charm I thought part 2 sucked serious goat nads....

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 7:33 a.m. CST

    I'm not not conflicted...just against

    by RobinP

    Go do some thing original instead.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Stop the fucking remakes already!

    by Gilkuliehe

    I understand a remake from time to time, but this whole shit is nonsense--- I mean, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, THE FOG, AND NOW THIS? Shit I'm feeling sick...

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 7:52 a.m. CST

    What's the betting it will be rated PG-13!!!!

    by Floyd_Dylan

    And not one shred of hardcore violence will be on the screen, just a few creepy scares, and a few action pact sequences. Sorry to say but like all directors who start out hardcore eventually with age they go soft.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 8:39 a.m. CST

    I already see it...... Ashton Kutcher will play Ash.

    by Mr. Profit

    You just wait and see. Hollywood is bankrupt. The original Evil Dead is only good and classic to me because I grew up watching it. It didn't hold up with age though. And I loathe both Part 2 and Army of Darkness.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 9:02 a.m. CST

    The Evil Dead Popularity Plug

    by Zombie Buffet

    I strongly suspect this decision to remake Evil Dead has links to things that Sam Raimi said in interviews regarding New Line's Freddy Vs Jason Vs Ash pitch. Basically, he stated that he didn't feel Ash was a character that shared the 'iconic cultural popularity' of Krueger and Voorhees - and this was one (but not only) reason why he nixed the crossover idea. I can understand his reluctance. Army Of Darkness bombed at the box office and this was one of main reasons quoted by both Raimi and Campbell as to why there hasn't been another Evil Dead movie in a decade. While other studios have the clout and cash to churn out lacklustre or shitty sequels by the boatload, Raimi & Co. have been stuck in low-budget limbo until recent times and haven't been in a position to take risks. So now that Raimi is successful with the Spiderman films and, evidently, has both clout and cash, it would appear he's going to re-invigorate (perhaps reinvent) the Evil Dead 'franchise' with a bigger budget for a more mainstream audience (and promote Ash to this level of 'iconic cultural popularity' that he's discussed. This opens the door to more Evil Dead films down the line (depending on its box office success) and, on the side, would probably bring Ash up to the level of Krueger and Voorhees in Raimi's esteem. That all said, I have to wonder how much this remake can get away with. The original film was very gory for its time, plus it had the infamous tree rape scene. Given the emerging attitudes of self-censorship in the US post-Janet Jackson/Superbowl, I have to wonder what restraints will be in place. I found the recent Dawn Of The Dead 'remake' notable in that it had NO graphic flesh-eating scenes and even the 'uncut' DVD release in the US had a scene displaying boobage edited out!

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 9:07 a.m. CST

    If they cast Bruce Campbell as Ash, I say remake it.

    by rev_skarekroe

    In fact, they should remake it every 10 years with Bruce as Ash. A different kind of comedy every time. Fantastic!

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 9:12 a.m. CST

    You nailed it with the DVDs, Quint!

    by The PimpDragon

    Cripes! How many versions of those films exist on DVD?! I swear that Anchor Bay has made their empire out of those films! The only thing I've seen get milked more than those films is a cow, and not by much! However, I have to admit that the Book of the Dead edition of The Evil Dead frickin' owns! I'm glad I found out about it before I bought any of the other 379 versions of The Evil Dead.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 9:16 a.m. CST

    wow

    by cocolopez

    This remake shit is getting waaaaaay out of hand

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 9:35 a.m. CST

    well, this would be a colossal waste

    by TV CASUALTY

    seriously.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 9:56 a.m. CST

    It can't be done

    by coop

    The great thing about Evil Dead 2 is not the story, it's the acting, writing, cinimatography, editing and sound design. Even if Sam remade it, it wouldn't be the same and if someone else did it, it would lose all of it's charm. What's the point? Maybe if they did a shot by shot remake with all the same sound effects and shots it could work but the people are getting too old to look like twentysomethings. A new cast would be a horrible idea. Without Bruce, it's not gonna work. How about taking the old version and having ILM make all new special effects. That would at least be better than redoing it. Have some respect for the fans Sam. This isn't like remaking Friday the 13th, it's more like remaking Psycho.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Whats the best Evil Dead 2 DVD?

    by Joey Jojo

    With so many to choose from I was never sure which one to get because I dont want to buy a hundred different versions of it. Will there be a definitive version like Book of the Dead was for the first one (which I fortunately waited for)? I already have the Limited Edition 2-disc for Army of Darkness, so there has always been a gaping hole in my collection waiting for the right Evil Dead 2 DVD to put in there. Someone help me out. Oh yeah, I have the same problem with the original Night of the Living Dead too, since there are a billion versions of that also. Can anyone recommend the best version? (Harry, I know you hated that re-edit they did, so tell me how to avoid it and get a good copy of the way it was meant to be.)

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Chan Wook Park is the man, Oldboy ruled and Evil Dead is the shi

    by SuperTooth

    we don't need another Evil Dead remake and we definitely don't need one without Ash and as much as I like Park, if Raimi wasn't directing and you asked me to pick an Asian director for it, I'd choose Miike. Happiness of the Katakuri's was hilarious.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 10:21 a.m. CST

    No remakes...

    by Purgatori

    but how about this.. Ash and son take on the deadites..and Nicholas Brendon as Ash Junior.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 10:21 a.m. CST

    The General Public has no idea Who Ash is....

    by BigTuna

    Raimi is right...Freddy vs. Jason vs.Ash..Who the fuck is Ash? And yes I personally know.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Big Tuna obviously knows everyone in the general public

    by SCYTHEOFLUNA

    Or not. I used to work at a video store and the Evil Dead films fared just as well as any of the Elm Street or Friday the 13 flicks. The general public is a pretty diverse crowd tuna. Don't assume you know what they think. Evil Dead is still one of the most popular horror franchises out there. And fuck anybody who doesn't know who Ash is anyway. Neither did anyone before they saw the old films for the first time. All they need to know is what would have appeared on screen. Ash kills monsters with a chainsaw and 12 gauge shot. What the fuck else do you need? The first time he told Jason to "Get a breathmint big fella'" or stared Freddy down with that maniacal grin, even the most ignorant movie goer would understand that this guy is not to be fucked with. As for a remake. God I sure hope not. I can't think of a single person who could fill Campbell's muddy bloody hiking boots. If I haaad to pick somebody it would have been Ryan Reynolds, but after Hannibal King, and possibly Deadpool who really wants him to play another wisecracking antihero?

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Raimi and Spiegel's Ju-On commentary is horrendous

    by UnChienAndalou

    ...this is a great scene...this scene really gets under your skin...this is a freaky scene...what a great shot...NO!...what a scary movie...Asian horror films are much more respectful towards their audiences than American horror films...GO AWAY!...this is a creepy scene...what a nightmarish movie...

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Holy tree fucking hippy crap throwing spam salesmen in slickers

    by Neosamurai85

    An Evil Dead remake is a bad, bad ,bad idea. What

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 1:49 p.m. CST

    And this is how Raimi is going to waste his money from "The Grud

    by Mr. Profit

    ?

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Sequel before remake, Raimi.

    by wash

    And no Bruce = slap in the face to all the fans, and to Bruce himself.

  • If you're going to troll, at least go all the way!

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 2:17 p.m. CST

    We all need to stop speaking rhetorically when we say stuff like

    by George Newman

    Idiot producers will seriously consider and try to answer are 'questions' with "Yes. We'll show you geeks that a remake is good."

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 3:22 p.m. CST

    No Bruce as Ash then the negatives should be burned. (and Army

    by Tall_Boy

    You know it to be true.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Fuck this.

    by Psyclops

    Why remake the movie? All we really want is one last outing with Bruce and Sam and the helm. Why fuck everything up by giving us a reinvention of the series with the very strong possibility of having no Ash? I'm glad Sam is taking an interest in the series again but this wasn't the direction I was hoping for. I kind of wish that New Line would have wrestled away the rights to the Ash character and used him in that Freddy vs. Jason sequel. Damn.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 4:04 p.m. CST

    If...

    by Demon Disco

    ...anyone else attempted to remake this flick we'd all (quite rightly) scream 'HERESY!' The fact that it's Raimi himself AND The Chin won't be in it makes it even fucking worse! I truly have just lost all faith in the movies...

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Um, didn't Campbell himself say F vs J. A is NEVER GOING TO HAPP

    by MyNameDoesn'tFit

    Because it's lame? (Which it is.)

  • C'mon man! You're trying to tell me Ash is in the same league as Freddy or Jason in terms of popularity? He's not. Evil Dead will always rent well. It's a cult classic and a film I love. But I don't think i'm wrong by what I said. Hell, even Sam Raimi himself has said the exact thing and that's why FReddy vs. Jason Vs. Ash isn't happening.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 4:44 p.m. CST

    As long as it's not a shot for shot remake then I say go for it

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    You just know that whatever they come up with will be worth seeing.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 5:27 p.m. CST

    No Sir, I don't like it. Unless it's a p-remake starring Profess

    by Regicidal_Maniac

    THEN I MIGHT be interested otherwise there is no point. Can't wait for the remake of Van Helstink and the Star Wars Prequels though.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 6:51 p.m. CST

    godoffireinhell it's Takashi Miike!!!

    by TheButcher

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Of course

    by nowitsdark

    Just watched ED1 last weekend with my girlfriend, who'd never seen it. I was surprised at how well it held up (aside from the oatmeal and mashed potatoes). Anyway, I turned to her and said "I predict a remake in the next five years." Not because it's a good idea, it's just that it's inevitable after TCM, DOTD, etc. (I refuse to see those rehashes just as I'll refuse to see this.) But as long as we're making predictions...I'll wager Return of the Living Dead is next. And Scanners, if it hasn't already been announced. Oh, and the Howling.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Only a jaded purist loser would not be excited by this...

    by alchemist

    Are you the same geeks who protested the Dawn of the Dead remake? Fuck off, wet blankets. If you can't see the beauty in taking the essense of something and redoing it in a different way, you're too cynical. Listen, if Sam Raimi is in charge, the director he hires to do the job will be good. Yes, Campbell must return as Ash. If he doesn't though, Sam and Bruce will certainly get some good talent (though whoever it is inevitably won't top Bruce). I love remakes when they're done well. Why is it that all these purists seem to be under the impression that these remakes are replacing the original films? Actually, most studios have a brand new DVD out of the original in time for the remakes, honoring and promoting the classics. In the last months I've bought two different movies called "Dawn of the Dead", and that's very cool to me. Each one corrects the flaws of the other, and they sit in perfect syncronicity on my DVD shelf, radiating awesomeness. If remakes do suck, people just forget about em and continue to love the original (Night of the Living Dead, Planet of the Apes). If they are good, though, they make cool companions to the original films, while reinventing and reintroducing them to the mass audience. Everyone's happy. Evil Dead remake? Bring it on.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 10:05 p.m. CST

    What they need to remake are films that can use improvement.....

    by Mr. Profit

    Prom Night, Terror Train, The Prowler, Happy Birthday To Me, Sleepaway Camp. All these films can be adapted better than the original. Evil Dead really was remade already. And it you don't bring back Bruce Campbell, you are fucked. I'm against this shit if they hire a stupid new jack with zero likeability to play Ash. you have to be a cool dude if you can successfully pull of a character named "Ashley". I'm just saying.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Miike and Ryan Reynolds. Or Justin Theroux.

    by Christopher3

    Hubbout it?

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Let them get on with it.

    by proper

    They are going to do it anyway,it's fashionable.....Know thy self=I saw the directors DVD of Dawn of the dead 2004 at about 3 yesterday morning and enjoyed it(glad I waited till the fuss died down),it was a good film and doesn't conflict with the original,they both work fine for me.Fair play for a bold claim.Joey Jojo this is the best night of the living dead dvd= http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/notldme.php.As for evil dead 2 I held out for the trilogy pack that came out last year.Good luck.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 10:51 p.m. CST

    it's PARK CHAN-WOOK, how many time must i correct this?

    by DarthBakpao

    again, it's PARK CHAN-WOOK, ZHANG ZIYI, ZHANG YI MOU, KIM KI-DUK, TONY LEUNG KAR FAI, surname first dammit!

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 11:20 p.m. CST

    only logical conclusion

    by Oliviscus

    Am I the only one who has noticed that every woman Ash gets involved with ends up being possessed by evil? I think this has the makings for the greatest sitcom ever. Here's a basic show: Ash Says the words wrong, ends up in another future/past where the Evil Ash still pursues him, good Ash gets a girlfriend in the new place, they just start to get close and she goes all exorcist on him. Good Ash proceeds to kick ass, wins, says the words wrong...its like Quantum Leap on acid.

  • Nov. 18, 2004, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Thank you, Christopher 3. You have just solved the casting pro

    by grillskill

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Count me as officially disinterested.

    by DANTE CUBIT

    Can anyone tell me why Sam Raimi wants to REMAKE his Evil Dead film? If Sam goes ahead with a remake, it will be for the cash. PERIOD. Remakes are only made when original ideas have been completely tapped out. Has Sam lost his creative juices? Or is he just a money-grubbing pimp?

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Evil Dead 2 is not a remake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Pr_Frink

    The reason all the same shit happens again at the beginning of Evil Dead 2 is because they couldn;t get the rights to a lot of the footage from the first one! It's supposed to be a recap of the first one and then it continues on from when the spirit crashes through the car and attacks Bruce! Just to clarify.

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 3:09 a.m. CST

    I'm getting a bad feeling about this...

    by CrusherJen

    I'm really getting tired of Hollyworst remaking everything they can steal instead of coming up with something vaguely new and decent. I can't say about Dawn of the Dead, I haven't seen it yet. But the new Lost in Space was hours of my life I'll never get back... and I could waste even *more* time naming all the remakes that have been complete disappointments. The only thing that mitigates the potential disaster of an Evil Dead remake is Raimi's involvement... though without him being on-set as a director, he may not have as much control over the finished product as we'd like. I join the Bruce Campbell consensus-- if he's not in, count me out! These were three great movies which don't really *need* a rehash (especially since 2 was a remake of 1 anyway.) I'd much rather prefer something to continue the series, maybe a prequel, instead of another remake. I kinda figured F. vs J. vs Ash wouldn't happen (thank goodness!) And yes, I want my ED2 special edition DVD, damnit!!! (Also thanks to AICN for making these entries appear in order...it's so much easier to read now.)

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Posts in order? My bad.

    by CrusherJen

    Well they were in order when I read them before I posted... !?! But after I posted they went out of order again. Still some bugs in the system, I guess.

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 1:52 p.m. CST

    The answer: because to make a sequel, he would actually have to

    by SalvatoreGravano

    Regurgitating remakes does not require any mental activity - and remakes are, in fact, generally directed at the sort of audience that is unused to cognitive processes. However, perhaps Raimi did think that, considering the ending of "Army of Darkness", the only possible direction of a potential sequel would be the "postapocalyptic wasteland" genre... and that genre seems to be dead, albeit not evil.

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 4:58 p.m. CST

    The only reason I'm not...

    by Childe Roland

    ...behind this idea is that it would effectively close the door on any new Bruce Campbell as Ash venture. If they remake the original, there's no way theyr'e going to use geriatric Elvis as a twentysomething vacationer. And although I could accept another person playing Ash in a remake if there were a good reason not to use Campbell in a sequel, the latter condition doesn't exist. Campbell could still own the role in a sequel or spin off, so why not milk him for another few films before reinventing the whole damn mythology?

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Oh and...

    by Neosamurai85

    Did I mention this is a really bad idea? Peace.

  • Nov. 19, 2004, 11:54 p.m. CST

    New Dawn of the Dead wasn't really a remake

    by WONKABAR

    Iwish it had a different title so it could stand on it's own, cuz it's the BEST ZOMBIE MOVIE EVER!... yes, it is.

  • Nov. 26, 2004, 11:43 a.m. CST

    ARRRRGH!

    by halman3001

    okay... once and for all, evil dead 2 is not a remake of the first-- just a recap and sequel... secondly, the new dawn of the dead sucks, because the zombies don't appear to eat people, no one returns unless bitten, there is no gore, and there is no danger once they are in the mall--they leave because they are bored... for the person looking for the best version of night of the living dead, get the millenium edition if you can find it... and yes, remakes hurt the originals, because instead of creating interest in the original, they merely make people think newer/bigger is better-- i bought the original dawn last year, and the girl at the checkout said she couldn't wait to see it, but she thought it wa still in the theaters-- i explained that this was the original, and she should see it first, and she just said "why?"... that sentiment is held by far too may people...