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For the past few months, fans of the show Xena: Warrior Princess have been flipping out about the prospect of a reboot for the series. Well, the reboot is happening, whether we like it or not, and today brings us more news about what that might look like. Original creators and producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi are returning to produce through their production company Ghost House Pictures along with NBC International Television Studios. Other than that, not much new information about the show is known, but today’s announcement of its new writer should have fans super pumped! And the new writer is…

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One upon a time, there were a trio of guys from Michigan that decided to make a movie. For the then princely sum of $350,000, writer/director Sam Raimi, producer Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell created a seminal indie horror hit that’s still beloved and referenced by fans and audiences to this day. It inspired two sequels, a remake and a beloved interactive musical that’s been performed on stages the world over. Next: TV. The television continuation of The Evil Dead featuring original star Campbell has been in the works for a while, and now Starz is wetting your whistle for what’s to come when the adventures of Ash Vs Evil Dead. (more…)

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“In a time of evil books, deadites, and smart ass S-Mart clerks, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero”. She was Lucy Lawless, a well-known cult actor forged in the heat of several TV series that appeal to a nerdy/obsessive audiences. The power. The danger. The one-liners. Her courage will change the upcoming Starz series Ash Vs. The Evil Dead. That’s all a roundabout way of saying, yes, Lawless has been cast to join Bruce Campbell in the new Starz series that continues the story of Ash and his neverending fight against The Evil Dead as featured in the trilogy of movies of the same name. (more…)

J. Michael Straczynski has had his ups (Babylon 5, Clint Eastwood’s The Changeling) and downs (Captain Power and all post B5 spin-offs) in Hollywood, but it looks like JMS is on an upswing again with not one, but two TV projects in the works with some of Hollywood’s top-tier talent.

First off, Straczynski is teaming up with the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith, as well as Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter, to create a series called Epidemic, which, from the sounds of it, is about some kind of viral outbreak. Maybe Joe hasn’t gotten Crusade out of his system and is looking to tell another character-driven drama about trying to cure a deadly plague.

But the most compelling project on the plate is called Vlad Dracula. Guess what it’s about! If you said a historical-horror blending of the literary Count Dracula created by Bram Stoker and his real-life inspiration, medieval monarch Vlad the Impaler, then you’d be correct.

If you’re not hooked yet, Straczynski will be doing the series for Starz and working with the Spartacus team of Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Steven S. DeKnight. Roy Lee (The Ring, The Woman in Black) will also be involved in the production.

Here’s what DeKnight says of the project:

“The project is a unique spin of the classic tale, blending the historical facts of the 15th century Prince of Wallachia, with the fictional Dracula whose story is known around the world and continues to fascinate audiences.  “Vlad Dracula” traces his evolution from a revered ruler to the world’s most feared vampire, and his slow downfall as he struggles desperately to hang on to his humanity, his wife and his kingdom.”

Speaking of DeKnight, he seems to be doing his best to put Spartacus in the rearview after the recently announced cancellation of the sex and swords series. DeKnight is also at work on an epic space war drama called Incursion, which the writer describes thusly:

“Incursion, an epic science fiction action-thriller that follows a squad of soldiers caught in a war against a hostile alien race.  Each season the battle will be fought on a new, exotic planet as humanity punches deeper into enemy territory. Grittily realistic combat, darkly complex characters and intrigue on a cosmic scale will permeate the tale of fighting men and women facing the pressures of war and an enemy unlike any ever seen.”

Sounds interesting. We all know TV is bereft of a good space drama so maybe DeKnight can fill the void. As for Vlad, I think we can all agree that a vampire series that has more in common with Spartacus than Twilight can be nothing but a good thing.

Sources: Blastr and Cinema Blend

 

 

 

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

I consider myself a pretty big geek for Japanese animation, I still have VHS tapes of Gundam Wing littered somewhere in my house. So, when I heard about this latest news, even I had to go “wha?”.

The Japanese anime Noir is getting television show. Those that know the Anime must be thinking it’s some sort of reboot, it’s all the rage with production studios today, but they’d be wrong. This is going to be a full, live-action, TV show backed by Starz Entertainment.

Airing back in 2001, Noir was very popular among those with a hard-on for girls and guns in the same scene. While there are sites that cater to that now, the series did in fact carry an overall story:

Following two young women, Mireille Bouquet and Yumura Kirika — an amnesiac — as they seek answers about their past own past lives and how they’re connected to each other. Together, they form an alliance and go into business for themselves as assassins, using the code name “Noir.” Eventually, they run into a secret society known as Les Soldats (“The Soldiers”) that controls Noir, but then tries to kill Mireille and Yumura. Oh, and the two girls might be out to kill each other.

Being produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, the guys behind Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Gods of the Arena, Xena: Warrior Princess, and those little known “Evil Dead” movies. That in itself is exciting news. However, they’re working on an Anime, that’s almost unheard of here in North America. On the other hand,  assassins, boobs and bullets, how can you not lose?

As of right now there is no set time on when we’ll see any bullets fly, but it’ll get more then a made for TV movie kind of deal. Starz tends give shows on their network an 8-10 episode as a first season deal, plenty of leg room for the writers to work with. It’s being written by Steven Lightfoot, who will produce alongside Tapert, Raimi, and their fellow Spartacus producers Joshua Donen and Bill Hamm.

Via: The Mary Sue