EVIL DEAD Remake Begins Filming, Raimi & Campbell On Board!

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Sam Raimi’s debut film, The Evil Dead is a cult gem amongst the horror community for good reason. The 1981 “Ultimate Experience in Grueling Terror” is terrifying, ferocious and features cinema’s only rape by way of demonic tree in history. It also introduced us to Bruce Campbell who’d become a genre icon as the chainsaw swingin’, snark spewing hero Ash. After spawning two classic sequels, fans have hoped with baited breath they’d see Ash return to kick some Candarian ass, but we live in the age of remakes and it was only a matter of time before The Evil Dead followed suit. Not all is lost though since Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures is 100% behind the retelling of his seminal film with frequent collaborators Bruce Campbell & Rob Tapert aboard. We’ve got a press release for you with all the details about the currently filming redux, now simply titled Evil Dead. Check it out below!

Principal photography has begun on EVIL DEAD, in Auckland, New Zealand and will wrap in early July 2012. 

Ghost House Pictures is producing the much anticipated remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult-hit horror film THE EVIL DEAD; the film that effectively launched the careers of Sam Raimi (SPIDER-MAN franchise); Rob Tapert (30 Days of Night) and Bruce Campbell who played the Ash character and was Co-Producer of the original, now brings them back to produce an EVIL DEAD for today’s audience that’s high on the horror, gore, plot twists and more from a screenplay written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues.  Executive Producers are J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane, Joseph Drake and Peter Schlessel.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and FilmDistrict have partnered with Ghost House Pictures on a worldwide deal – excluding U.K. and France – for Sony Pictures to distribute the remake of EVIL DEAD.

Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.

A core cast of young, fresh talent includes Jane Levy (Suburgatory) as Mia; Shiloh Fernandez (Deadgirl, Red Riding Hood) as David; Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers) as Eric; Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) as Olivia and Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker) as Natalie.

“This cast of burgeoning talent share the same spirit we had when creating the original,” says Tapert. “The desire to deliver an unexpected and outrageously scary movie experience for the audience.”

EVIL DEAD marks director Fede Alvarez’  feature debut.  Originally from Uruguay, Alvarez studied filmmaking and communications, later opening his own production and post production company.  In 2005 he won a scholarship to complete a masters in screenwriting in Amsterdam.  In November 2009, he posted his four-minute short Panic Attack!, which became an instant viral internet phenomenon prompting intense interest from Hollywood and Ghost House Pictures in particular.

“We found a brilliant artist in Fede Alvarez.  As a director, he understands what makes a story work and how to put the pieces together,” says Raimi.  “I’m really excited to see this story, that I care deeply about, retold by such a fine storyteller.”

Source: Shock Till You Drop