Late last night a lot of questions got raised about a new Evil Dead movie. There were reports that a new one was going into production, conflicting reports that Sam Raimi was just casting for his upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful, and then confirmation from Bruce Campbell that a remake was ready to happen. This morning Bloody Disgusting was able to clear things up quite a bit by reporting that Raimi does indeed have a “quasi-remake” of The Evil Dead gearing up for production, but that he doesn’t intend on directing it himself.
Instead the job is going to newcomer Fede Alvarez. Despite the fact that Bruce Campbell had the inside scoop on the project, there isn’t any word if he will have a role in the film or if they will be looking to cast all new actors. Given Campbell’s close relationship with Raimi, I don’t think that it’s a given that just because he knows about the project he will be in any significant way involved. That said, I think we can all agree that he better be. I would opine that a large reason Raimi’s first three films in this universe work is the screen presence of Campbell. Without him, you don’t have Ash, you just have some horror movie starring a dude.
While I hate to write a new filmmaker off right out of the gate, I can’t say that I have any interest in a remake of The Evil Dead made by anyone other than Raimi. A fourth film made by Raimi and for sure starring Bruce Campbell? Sure. This? Not so much. But, if you want to get a sense of what this Alvarez guy has to offer as a filmmaker, you can watch his 2009 short film Panic Attack! on YouTube. I will admit; he does have a kinetic style, similar to Raimi’s camera work.