Thirty years after Sam Raimi made his name with the horror cult classic, the filmmaker last night  confirmed reports that he will remake the film with Ghost House Pictures business partner Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell, who starred in the original.
Fede Alvarez will direct. Raimi and Tapert became instant fans of Alvarez’s short film Panic Attack and promptly set up a blind deal. Alvarez wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues and Diablo Cody is currently revising the draft.
Raimi, (pictured) Tapert and Campbell have put the project on the fast track and will produce, while Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will serve as executive producers. Nicole Brown and JR Young will oversee the project for Ghost House. Lionsgate will handle foreign sales.
“We are committed to making this movie and are inspired by the enduring popularity and enthusiasm for the Evil Dead series,” the producers said in a statement. “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.”
The Evil Dead recounts the story of five friends in a remote cabin who unleash demons when they discover an ancient Sumerian text. The original spawned two sequels, Evil Dead II and Army Of Darkness.