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Creative film director Sam Raimi is in the preproduction stages of his “Evil Dead” remake.  He has hired Uruguayan director Federico Alvarez to reboot the franchise.  Alvarez is best known for his wildly popular short film “Panic Attack,” which features CGI giant robots attacking the city of Montevideo, Uruguay.

Alvarez and Raimi first spoke on the phone and the two seemed to hit it off.

“Evil Dead IV,” which may simply be titled “The Evil Dead,” is a reboot/quasi-remake that has been gestating in the bowels of Hades since at least 2004.  It seems that producer, Sam Raimi, who wrote and directed the first three films in the franchise, is moving forward with his low-budget horror slapstick endeavor, and Alvarez will take the reigns with support from Ghost House and Mandate Pictures.

Currently, Sam Raimi is in the Detroit, Michigan area with Federico Alvarez hoping to cast “The Evil Dead” before he begins shooting the Wizard of Oz related “Oz: The Great and Powerful.”  It has been rumored the iconic character of Ash (actor Bruce Campbell) may be cast as a female in the remake.

Over the weekend, Campbell made this statement:

“Believe in the remake dog! The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell!  Scary as hell!”

Here is the plot for the original “Evil Dead” film enjoy, or “we’ll swallow your soul!”

Five friends go up to a cabin in the woods where they find unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They find the Necronomicon and the taped translation of the text. Once the tape is played, the evil is released. One by one, the teens are possessed. With only one remaining, it is up to him to survive the night and battle the evil dead.

Sources: FirstShowing.net, movieweb.com, IMDb.com