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That 'Evil Dead' Reboot May Still Be Alive, But When Will We See It?

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January 24, 2011
Source: Freep.com

Evil Dead

This is another one of those franchises that has had rumors and rumors about sequels, prequels and reboots for years. Most Evil Dead fans are waiting for Bruce Campbell to return to that universe for more undead madness, but Sam Raimi has moved up in Hollywood, focusing on blockbusters instead of horror (give or take Drag Me to Hell). Our last update on a potential reboot of the Evil Dead series was back in early 2009, when Raimi revealed that he was looking at getting a new director to take a crack at rebooting the franchise with their own style. There's a brand new quote from a producer and it's hopeful, but I'm still not optimistic.

This quote comes from an interview with producer Rob Tapert in the Detroit Free Press (via SlashFilm):

Is it possible that Tapert and Raimi will revisit their psychotic roots with the long-rumored "Evil Dead" reboot?

"It's possible; we're looking at a script this month" Tapert said. "What's interesting about 'Evil Dead' is very few people saw it in the format we made it for, which is for the theater. ... I think Sam wants to embrace the ultimate experience in grueling terror and see it remade for a proper theatrical experience."

At least he's not saying it's dead like Y: The Last Man. That certainly makes sense, which probably explains why they decided to take Evil Dead on that theatrical US road show, touring it around to theaters in the US throughout last year. I'd love to see another Evil Dead hit theaters (and I'm sad I missed the tour last year) but it sounds like there's a lot to go through before this will ever happen. Above all else, and since there's not much news to report from this quote, I'm just happy to see a producer talk about how a film's true home is on the big screen, not on DVD or VOD or online. That I completely agree with. We'll continue to keep you updated and will let you know when or if we hear anything else about an Evil Dead remake/reboot/prequel.

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  • Quazzimotto
    I've always been partial to Army of Darkness myself. I don't want to see either of these films rebooted, remade, or redone. Do something original, like making a NEW MOVIE FOR THE THEATER. What a concept.
  • Anonymous
    Most reboots I could care less about but since Sam would like to let someone else give it a go I'm all for it, there is however a lot to live up to and whoever steps into those shoes has a big challenge a head of them.
  • Anonymous
    reboot? why not a sequel to Army of Darkness?
  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MTEO7RKG3IO7LOJZ3GJJ5NSOOI john s
    hmm not so sure about this. I mean how can you top Bruce Campbell as Ash? You cant. I would rather see some sequel.
  • David Banner
    With no Bruce Campbell in the lead as Ash, what is the point? Evil Dead = Bruce Campbell. Army of Darkness has an alternative ending, where Ash lands in the future, maybe this is a good starting point? I seem to recall Bruce Campbell stating he won't be in it 'cuz he is too old??
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9emWB_rrMt0 Crapola
    They could get Jim Carrey to replace Ash, he does the best Bruce Campbell impressions anyways. A comedy horror in that style would be welcome, but why all the reboooooooooooots??
    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502160911 Dan Arbiture
      there were rumors a while back of Justin Thoreaux (sp?) possibly playing Ash in a reboot. if any known actor other than BC is going to play Ash, i'd like it to be him.
  • Anonymous
    Nah no Bruce no movie and being introduced to the series through Army of Darkness and growing up watching it religiously i got to say after recently seeing Evil Dead 2 its by far the best of the trilogy. the laughs and badassery from AoD is there along with all the outstanding gore from EvilDead1. such a fun and perfect Trilogy
  • lumière
    '...I think Sam wants to embrace the ultimate experience in grueling terror and see it remade for a proper theatrical experience.' or you could just re-release it (again). i love me some Raimi, but this kind of talk over the years has begun to sound more and more like the cash-in statements of George Lucas. or Wes Craven. they're great fun as films - if it's possible to wear out a DVD, i'm on my way there with my copies of the trilogy, especially Evil Dead 2 (DoomCanoe's right, the best of the three). assuming Bruce Campbell was starring, i'd just about stomach a new sequel - both endings of Army of Darkness could do that. but as for a remake, no thanks
  • Anonymous
    Or how about they dont touch the movie at all, Its fine the way it is ;P

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