Fans shook fists in disapproval when it was announced The Evil Dead, a cult classic film, was to be remade. Pitchforks and torches came out when it was revealed that original creator Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell were not gonna be in charge. Instead, newbie Hollywood director Fede Alverez and writer Diablo Cody were given the honors. While the jury is still out on Alverez, Ms. Cody’s involvement however, calmed the fan stampede. She wrote Juno. Bitches love Juno.
Cody recently spoke with Collider, while doing press for Young Adults. During the interview she revealed details about her involvement, which consisted of writing dialogue and character portions. We need not worry about Cody “infusing Evil Dead with “wacky dialogue and cute stuff” from Juno.”.”
Here is an excerpt from Cody’s interview:
“I know, honestly I was so excited to do it. I wouldn’t have even gotten involved if Sam [Raimi] and Bruce Campbell hadn’t been involved as well, they’re producing it, and so of course I was like “Alright I have to do this” because I’m such a fan of the original, and the whole original series in fact. But I was nervous to take the job because I thought “Ugh, I’m gonna get shit for this. People are not gonna like this, because all people know of me is like Juno and they think I’m gonna pollute Evil Dead with like wacky dialogue and cute stuff and folk music, and it’s like “No, look I understand what this is. I’m interested in storytelling here and making it scary and good and true to the original.” I feel like people will hopefully see Young Adult and go “Oh, okay that’s a horrifying movie maybe she could pull it off.”
It’s pretty a horrible idea to mess with a classic; it is guaranteed to be constantly compared to the original. With that said, an all new film with the same premise but a new set of characters could be somewhat promising. I’m still nervous about this Alverez fellow, but Cody seems to get it. Plus Raimi and Campbell have a hand in it, so maybe that counts for something right?