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Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are remaking their cult classic The Evil Dead.
The duo, who directed and starred in the horror movie classic respectively, are teaming up with original Dead producer Rob Tapert for the remake, being made by Ghost House.
This time, though, the movie will be co-written and directed by Fede Alvarez, the South American filmmaker who was behind the acclaimed short film Panic Attack.
Raimi and Tapert, who run Ghost House Pictures, were instant fans for Alvarez and set the man to write a sci-fi project for them. Remaking Dead grew out of that. Alvarez wrote the Dead script with Rodo Sayagues and now Diablo Cody is revising it.
Raimi, Tapert and Campbell will serve as producers. Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce.
The trio said in a statement: “We are committed to making this movie and are inspired by the enduring popularity and enthusiasm for the Evil Dead series. We can’t wait to scare a new generation of moviegoers using filmmaking techniques that were not available to us thirty years ago as well as Fede bringing a fresh eye to the film’s original elements.”
Dead was the movie that launched Raimi’s directing career. He wrote the directed the 1981 movie, and with Campbell and Tapert produced it.
The movie centered on five college kids vacationing in a cabin in the woods who unleash evil spirits. Campbell played a student named Ash who became the lone survivor and in subsequent movies, which became darkly comic in tone, turned into a chainsaw-armed killer of the dead.
The movies as well as Campbell have developed passionate followings since the last movie, 1992’s Army of Darkness.
It is unclear at this time whether Ash will return for the movie or if Campbell would even reprise the role.
Alvarez is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and attorney Karl Austen.
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