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Sony to distribute new Evil Dead outside of UK, France

Production is set for 2012; Fede Alvarez to direct.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) and FilmDistrict have partnered with Ghost House Pictures on a worldwide deal, excluding the UK and France, for Sony Pictures to distribute Fede Alvarez’s reboot of Evil Dead.

Production is planned for 2012.

The deal was announced by Steven Bersch, SPWA President, and Peter Schlessel, CEO of FilmDistrict. Lia Buman, FilmDistrict’s EVP of Acquisitions, will oversee the project. 

Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi [pictured] will produce. Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Nicole Brown and J.R. Young will oversee the project for Ghost House. 

Tapert said, “For 30 years, Sam, Bruce and I have been looking for the right home where we could return the deadites to the big screen. Amy Pascal and Jeff Blake at Sony and Peter Schlessel at FilmDistrict have always been incredible partners who share our passion for great storytelling as well as our obsession for scaring the pants off the audience. Together, we are looking forward to terrorizing a whole new generation.”

Added Schlessel, “I have been part of the extended Ghost House family for a long time. It’s fantastic to continue the relationship as we bring this classic horror film to a new generation of fans.”

“Sony Pictures has a fantastic history collaborating with both Ghost House and Film District and we couldn’t be more excited to continue working together on the contemporary adaptation of Evil Dead,” said Jeff Blake, Chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing and Distribution. “Sam and Rob have an extraordinary vision and we can’t wait to share this film with audiences in most territories throughout the world.”

Alvarez wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues, and Diablo Cody also did script revisions. In this retelling, five friends at a remote cabin discover a Book of the Dead and release a demonic force. 

Raimi directed the 1981 original.

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