Remakes of cult films have a tough sell. In the hearts and minds of those whose almost-daily conversational lexicon include references like, “This is my boomstick!” or “Lady, I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask you to leave the store” or “Workshed”, it’s an uphill battle to convince them that your remake is either a worthy addition to the canon or is a skilled enough diversion to warrant them putting their energy into watching the film and just not knee-jerk react to Hollywood’s now-feverish case of remake-itis. Sure, for a producer’s perspective, a remake of a cultural cornerstone (regardless of how niche it is) almost guarantees cash. But if you’re the filmmaker, you’ve got the unenviable task of showing that your revision is worth the red pen you’re using to mar the original. Your final product not only needs to be a good movie, it needs to exceed the original and expectations.
ComicCon saw Sam Raimi reveal that a fourth Evil Dead is on its way. While speaking about his new horror film, ‘Drag Me to Hell,’ the director told the audience he’d love to do a new ‘Evil Dead’ film with lead Bruce Campbell.
“I love working with Bruce Campbell, he’s like Allison [Lohman, lead in ‘Drag Me To Hell]. He’s super willing to do anything to make it right….I would love to work with Bruce again because I’d love to test those limits. I’d love to make another Evil Dead picture. And actually that’s in the wheelhouse. I’d like to work on it with my brother Ivan when he comes up next week.”
So there you have it, the intent is there, lets see if Raimi follows through. The last Evil Dead film, Army of Darkness, came out in 1992.