Evil Dead: The Musical Coming to the Big Screen in 3D?!
by Alex Billington
September 9, 2008
When will all this 3D news stop?! This is nothing more than a genuine gimmick - I guarantee that. ScreenDaily has posted an interesting article today that mentions that producer Don Carmody is trying to get the cult classic theatrical play Evil Dead: The Musical translated to the big screen in unglorious 3D. As much as I love the Evil Dead movies, this news is absolutely painful to hear about. I missed seeing Evil Dead: The Musical on stage, but I'm not dying to see a gimmicky 3D version on the big screen. It was a genius idea conceived for the stage that featured a "splatter zone" and so much more and it should stay there. As far as I know, this has nothing to do with Sam Raimi's rumored fourth Evil Dead movie anyway.
Apparently the original directors of the stage version, Christopher Bond and Hinton Battle, are already lined up to co-direct the film version and are planning to shoot sometime early next year in Toronto. They plan to shoot with some of the original cast, but rights issues will need to be resolved before they do. I've heard that the play is actually quite good, especially if you're a big Evil Dead fan like me. But as I've said so many times before, 3D gimmicks should stay in amusement parks. There are only a few exceptions where a theatrical play has been perfectly converted to film, but it's rare. And throwing 3D into this instantly proves to me that these guys are all about the gimmick and that's it. I hope you're not excited?