Principal photography has begun on The Evil Dead – Sony and Ghost House Pictures’ remake of Sam Raimi’s cult 1981 horror of the same name. Produced by Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell, the new film sees Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez making his feature debut, directing a cast of up-and-coming talent that includes Jane Levy (Suburgatory) as Mia, Shiloh Fernandez (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.
As part of the official announcement, the studio also issued the following synopsis, which naturally doesn’t offer up anything in the way of surprises:
“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.”
In other Evil Dead news, Renaissance Pictures – the production company formed by Raimi, Tapert and Campbell in order to develop the original movie – have taken legal action to prevent a proposed fourth installment from Award Pictures. Who, I hear you ask? Well, I’ve no idea, but apparently they’ve been developing an unofficial sequel entitled Evil Dead 4: Consequences, which according to The Wrap, “would take place in 1912 and center on a new hero, an archeologist named Dr. Ashley, but it would focus on revealing the origin of the Necronomicon.”
As it turns out, Award Pictures have never officially secured the rights to the Evil Dead franchise. Instead, they believe they’re entitled to produce the sequel due to comments from Raimi and Tapert in the 2000 book The Evil Dead Companion, where the duo were quoted as saying that “we’re never going to do a sequel.” Riiiiight. I wonder how long it will be before this Award Pictures announce Star Wars: Episode VII and The Dark Knight Rises Again… Oh, that’s right – they’ll be out of business before then.