I'm sure you've heard by now that Sam Raimi is producing a remake of his classic film The Evil Dead. I can't help but be excited for this, I really am hoping it turns out to be pretty awesome. We've learned that Diablo Cody is polishing up the script, and first time feature film director Federico Alvarez is taking on the challenge of directing the film, and taking on all the fanboy criticism along the way.
The big question on everyone's mind has been... will Bruce Campbell have a role in the film? The answer to that question is yes, but it will only be a cameo. Alvarez is the one who confirmed the cameo in a recent interview with Spanish website El Pais. The director went on to talk about how this film will honor the original, and also discusses some changes that will be made. Here's what he had to say,
We realize the mistakes not to make. As fans of the original, we know we are going to offend those who are also fans just by taking this job. We're going to honor the original film along with the existing fans and hope to bring in a new audience as well.
Because we are fans of the original, we realize that nobody wants to see a celebrity in a remake like this. The only recognizable face will be that of Bruce Campbell, and he will be in a cameo toward the end of the film. We are going to change the characters and some story details, while keeping the basic outline of friends who are beleaguered by demons in a cabin alone.
Sam Raimi says there's a fine line between horror and comedy. The original Evil Dead was intended as a straight horror movie with scenes of extreme gore directly designed to shock the viewer. I rented the movie with a friend from a video store at just thirteen years old, and that was a big mistake! The film scared the life out of us.
As long as Raimi and Campbell are involved with the development of this Evil Dead remake, I don't think there's anything to worry about. As fans of Raimi, Campbell and Evil Dead what are your thoughts on this film getting a remake? Are you happy to hear Campbell has a cameo?