Film Review: Evil Dead (2013)

Film Review: Evil Dead (2013)

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.

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Vatche on Sam Raimi Directing WOW Film

All I have to say is holy. crap. Sam Raimi, director of Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, and Spider-Man has signed on to direct World of Warcraft, an adaptation of the infamous massively multiplayer online role playing game. The game comes from Blizzard Entertainment, also known for their Diablo and Starcraft franchises.

The report has been confirmed by Variety. The studio is aiming for a PG-13 rating. I really can’t believe that this is actually happening with a director like Sam Raimi. I never thought that they’d get anyone but Uwe Boll (who Blizzard would never hire) to take this one on.

I’m very happy about their decision, that said, will it be a good film? Only time will tell.

“Drag Me to Hell” Trailer Released

Sam Raimi is, if you ask me, getting back to where he belongs.  Taking a break from, (presumably,) prepping “Spiderman 4,” Raimi is back in the horror business.

Starring Allison Lohman and Justin Long, “Drag Me to Hell,” is about a LA loan officer whose life is thrown into disarray, (and by disarray, I mean ‘crazy, life-is-a-living-hell,’ disarray,) by a woman who she forcloses on.  But you really don’t care about the plot.  There are only two words you need to worry about are ‘Raimi,’ and ‘horror.’

Check out the trailer here.

Spidey 4 to Start Shooting Next Year

Spidey 4 to Start Shooting Next Year

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Actor J.K. Simmons, last seen in the Coen Bros.’ “Burn After Reading,” has said that he is returning to the Spiderman franchise to play Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson in the aptly named “Spiderman 4.”  Simmons also said that shooting is scheduled for next year, with a 2011 release date planned.

According to IMDB, (and you know how reliable that can be,) Tobey Maguire and Kirstin Dunst are both on-board to reprise their roles as Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, respectively.  -Sam

Sam Raimi Says More about Spider Man 4

Sam Raimi told MTV news that he’s finally excited to start the fourth “Spider-Man” film. “I don’t have a script yet, but production would probably start by March of 2010.”

Apparently it hasn’t been decided if they want to do two sequels back-to-back. There’s no word on Tobey returning (who has expressed interest only if Raimi is involved), and Kirsten Dunst is unlikely to return.

Personally, I want to see Raimi move on from this rut, sure the films are money makers for Sony, but, the last one was a travesty in comparison to the second. Raimi is a very talented filmmaker, and he needs to go back to his own more original projects. But then again, what do I know, I’m a lowly, lonely reviewer.

Raimi and Maguire On For ‘Spidey’ 4 & 5

Raimi and Maguire On For ‘Spidey’ 4 & 5

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Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting that director Sam Raimi have signed up for ‘Spiderman 4’ and 5.  The report goes on to say that the two films will be shot back-to-back.

Kirsten Dunst has been approached to reprise the role of Mary Jane, but, reportedly if she turns them down, the part will not be re-cast.

James Vanderbilt, author of ‘Zodiac,’ has turned in a draft and shooting will begin next fall for a Spring 2011 release.

I’m kind of torn on the news…  I didn’t even bother seeing ‘Spiderman 3,’ in light of the reaction of friends who were bigger fans than I, however, maybe Raimi will take the beating he recieved on number 3 to get back to basics in 4 and 5.  I guess we’ll wait and see…

Auction for Spider-Man 4 Set Visit

Stand Up to Cancer and Sony Pictures is coming together to offer a ‘Spider-Man 4’ package on eBay.

The winner will get a set visit to Spider Man 4, meet and greet (the currently unnamed) cast, a walk on/extra role, a trip to the New York premiere, designer outfits for the premiere, and the ability to walk the red carpet.

Ironically, not one word about whose writing, directing, or acting in this future blockbuster. The studio is looking for a 2011 release.

Sam Raimi Clashes Over Ryan Franchise Restart

It is being reported that director Sam Raimi is looking to cast James Franco (Spiderman, Pineapple Express) in the lead role of the Jack Ryan relaunch for Paramount.

Jack Ryan as you know is essentially Tom Clancy’s James Bond, a CIA Analyst that finds himself battling everything from terrorists to drug lords. Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck has starred as Jack Ryan.

CHUD writes that their source claims that that studio doesn’t believe Franco is right for the part, and that Raimi may walk away from the film over this disagreement.

The film apparently will not be based on an existing book by Tom Clancy, but, will feature a young Jack Ryan much like ‘The Sum of All Fears.’ Personally, I hope Paramount goes with Raimi on this one, James Franco is a great actor whose proven himself, unless of course, Paramount has Harrison Ford waiting in the wings.

Sam Raimi Planning Fourth Evil Dead Film

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.

Sam Raimi talks Spider-Man 4

Despite my disappointment with Spider-Man 3, the idea of Sam Raimi still taking the reigns of a fourth still excites me. Raimi told Dark Horizons that James Vanderbilt is writing the script, and that he hopes Sony would still want him to do it.

Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst are unlikely to return to the film, and honestly, I’m fairly surprised Raimi wants to as well. He’s lived and breathed nothing but Spider-Man from 2002 till 2007, but, one can’t argue with love.