The long speculated, now in production Evil Dead remake has been the source of much controversy over the years. When he first spoke on the situation, original director Sam Raimi said he would like the film to be remade just to see what another director would do when making roughly the same film.
Through his company Ghost House Pictures, Raimi began developing the film as early as 10 years ago, but real movement has been happening in the past year, when it was reported he hired Fede Alvarez to direct the film, and had cast actress Lily Collins as the main character. When that hit a bump in the road, actress Jane Levy was recast as the main character. Now, she has a few words on what the film will be like:
“This one is really different. They’ve changed it a lot, but it’s still a pretty gory movie. My mom probably can’t see it. I think the humor in the first one came from the special effects of the time. I don’t know that they meant it to be funny…This one is not funny. It’s definitely dark.”
Original actor, and producer of the remake Bruce Campbell had a few words on the film as well:
“You can expect to have a damn scary horror movie. There’s no Ash character — The Evil Book is going to torment a new set of kids, so it’s a remake, or a re-imagining or … a re-whatever word you want to use. It’s going to be re-scary. [The Trees are back]… They’re not terribly well behaved this time either. (laughs)”
Which is disappointing, because the original film definitely was supposed to be funny, the tilt toward dark humor and slapstick really came through in the sequel Evil Dead 2, but the first one is definitely intended to produce a few dark laughs. However, as with any remake, it’s take it or leave it. So on April 12th, 2013 you can choose to ignore the film if it really irks you that bad. Stay tuned for trailers, probably in the fall.