Just as we reported the news a little while ago that Sam Raimi is supposedly signed on for not one, but two more Spider-Man movies, we are also getting word about Raimi in talks to bring back his cult classic Evil Dead. Only this time, instead of directing, Raimi would have a yet undetermined role in this round of Evil Dead, as it would be a big screen adaptation of Evil Dead: The Musical. In case you just missed it, the story here is that producer Don Carmody is interested in bringing Evil Dead: The Musical, which is based on the 1981 horror film, to the big screen. Its confusing, I know, but try and focus.
On top of this back-asswards adaptation, Carmody is interested in bringing the stage play’s popular audience participation segment known as the “splatter zone” to life via the wonders of 3D, Hollywood’s latest technology addiction. This is all coming to us from the folks at Screen Daily, who also report that the musical’s original director Christopher Bond and choreographer Hinton Battle are lining up to co-direct the film version, which they hope to shoot early next year in Toronto with much of the original cast.
As these things always go, I am skeptical until proven otherwise — but we have heard some great things from the direction of Evil Dead: The Musical, so you just never know. As stage to screen adaptations go, Don Carmody is a man who doesn’t come without some experience. He was co-producer on 2002’s Chicago, which brought home six gold men on Oscar night. Before he moves on to Evil Dead though, he will have to get through Troy Duffy’s Boondock Saints sequel All Saints Day, which reportedly begins principal photography on September 29th.
Have you seen Evil Dead: The Musical? If so (or if not), how do you feel about it being adapted for the big screen and presented in 3D?