The website Collider has reported this exclusive about Academy Award winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno,” “Jennifer’s Body.”) She has been called in to do script revisions for the remake of Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead,” which was originally penned by writer/director Fede Alvarez. The producers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, who partnered on the original movie, are closely involved with the reboot.
Collider asked Cody about her involvement with the project. This is what she had to say:
“I know, honestly I was so excited to do it. I wouldn’t have even gotten involved if Sam [Raimi] and Bruce Campbell hadn’t been involved as well, they’re producing it, and so of course I was like “Alright I have to do this” because I’m such a fan of the original, and the whole original series in fact. But I was nervous to take the job because I thought “Ugh, I’m gonna get shit for this. People are not gonna like this, because all people know of me is like “Juno” and they think I’m gonna pollute “Evil Dead” with like wacky dialogue and cute stuff and folk music, and it’s like “No, look I understand what this is. I’m interested in storytelling here and making it scary and good and true to the original.” I feel like people will hopefully see “Young Adult” and go “Oh, okay that’s a horrifying movie maybe she could pull it off (laughs).”
She was also asked if she added or was a part of any gruesome R-rated death scene?
“Because the director’s draft was really scary, I tried to stay away from some of the big horror set pieces. I didn’t wanna mess with his vision, because he’s the one who ultimately has to shoot it. That being said, there is a moment near the—I mean it’s unbelievably violent (laughs). Occasionally I threw in a wound here or there. I didn’t write anything extravagant.”
Here is the plot, which would expectantly sound like the original.
Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead and 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.
Here is the difference:
According to the website Bloody-Disgusting, the main character’s younger sister has a terrible drug habit, so said main character and his/her buddies take the sister to the cabin to help her kick said habit. Unfortunately, her initial unusual behavior is chalked up to withdrawal when, in reality, she’s just possessed by a demon.
Little information is available at this time. The production schedule and casting have not been announced, but the film is expected to have a theatrical release sometime in 2013. The budget at this time is hovering around $14 million.
Source: Collider, shocktillyoudrop, bloody-disgusting, IMDb