Lily Collins, the recent arm candy of Taylor Lautner in Abduction, as well as her own lead in the upcoming Mirror Mirror, is the first cast member to join the Fede Alvarez directed Evil Dead reboot.
According to Bloody Disgusting, Lily will play the part of Mia, a drug addict who along with her friends heads to a remote cabin for a forced detox. In this new take on the 1981 cult classic five friends hole up at a remote cabin where they discover the Necronomicon, the fabled “Book of the Dead.” Once the book has been found fight for survival as one by one a demonic force begins to possess a each member of the group until only one is left.
There is absolutely no reason why this film needs to be remade, but I like Miss Collins, her casting sparks my interest.
Originally scripted by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, with revisions made in thanks to Diablo Cody, the reboot is being produced by original producing partners Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi. Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce.
The Evil Dead will begin production shortly in New Zealand, planning an April 12, 2013 release.
Source: Bloody Disgusting
The production company owned by Sam Raimi, Ghost House Pictures, has announced that they will be doing a remake of The Evil Dead!
Fede Alvarez has been signed on as the remake director and screenwriter. He wrote the script alongside Rodo Sayagues. Diablo Cody, who won an Academy Award for her screenwriting work on Juno, is currently spending some quality time with the script that Fede Alvarez had written and revamping it as necessary. Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert, from the original movie, are also on board as producers.
No word on when they’ll start filming, or an expected release date… but this is pretty exciting. What do y’all think?
The official press release:
Sam Raimi and original producing partners Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell (who also starred in the original franchise) are gearing up to remake their cult sensation THE EVIL DEAD through their long standing Ghost House Pictures partnership. Raimi and Tapert were such instant fans of Fede Alvarez’s short film “Panic Attack” that they set up a blind deal with the filmmaker and through that process have attached Fede Alvarez to write and direct the film. Alvarez wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues. Academy Award® winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is currently doing revisions on the draft. Ghost House is committed to renewing the franchise and has the film on the fast track.
Raimi, Tapert and Campbell will serve as producers. Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Nicole Brown and J.R. Young will oversee the project for Ghost House. Lionsgate will handle international sales on the film.
The three producing partners commented, “We are committed to making this movie and are inspired by the enduring popularity and enthusiasm for the ‘Evil Dead’ series. We can’t wait to scare a new generation of moviegoers using filmmaking techniques that were not available to us thirty years ago as well as Fede bringing a fresh eye to the film’s original elements.”
Raimi wrote, directed and, along with Tapert and Campbell, produced the original horror classic THE EVIL DEAD that tells the story of five twenty-something friends who become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead. An archaeologist’s tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization. Playing the taped incantations, the youths unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival. THE EVIL DEAD spawned a franchise with the equally successful installments EVIL DEAD II and ARMY OF DARKNESS.
Fede Alvarez is represented by CAA, Anonymous Content and attorney Karl Austen. Diablo Cody is represented by Sarah Self at WME, Mason Novick, and attorney Jeff Frankel of McKuin Frankel Whitehead LLP.
Source: Geek Tyrant