Yesterday, director Sam Raimi
revealed that he's working on a new horror project. According to The Film Stage
, the filmmaker said, "I’m really excited about making another horror movie. I’m writing one with my brother right now and I’m really looking forward to it." Is that Ted or Ivan? Only time will tell, but it's exciting news from the man who has made a quirky, darkly humorous and smart-mouthed mark on the genre. And since, sadly, most of the world considers horror a lesser arena for filmmakers to play in, let us remind you that Raimi is still considered one of the best — as 2009's Drag Me to Hell
restated. He's also kept busy with other large-scale projects, like the upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful
— a prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz
— scheduled for a March 8 release.
The biggest buildup to Raimi's return to terror, however, has been centered on the Evil Dead
remake, set to see Raimi, star Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert as producers for the Fede Alvarez retelling with scriptwork from Diablo Cody. He told Total Film
today, "I’ve seen almost all the dailies and they’re really going for it. It’s gonna be grisly and intense and nonstop. Definitely R [rated]. Maybe worse." That sound you hear is a collective sigh of relief. Most fans adore the film for its snarky humor, but as Campbell once said
about the film, "the gorier the merrier," was a prime objective for the cabin-in-the-woods story. Raimi described working on the new movie in an overwhelmingly positive way. "It has turned out to be a tremendous amount of fun because it’s like an old melody that you write and you’ve brought in this really great, cool, young, hip jazz musician, and he’s riffing on it and showing you places it could go that you never dreamed. It’s very exciting for me."
The updated version trades Ash for a female lead, played by Jane Levy. She's struggling with sobriety and heads to a remote cabin with some pals where they discover the infamous Book of the Dead. Campbell also praised the new twist on the cult favorite. "I think it's definitely fabulous," he told Digital Spy
. "We're really excited and really behind it, [but] it's going to take a bit to get the Evil Dead
fans behind it. We know we've pissed a lot of them off," the funnyman acknowledged. "We appreciate that and we appreciate their anger and their zeal, but the only thing we want to impress upon them is that we didn't screw it up. This is going to be just as memorable as [the original] Evil Dead
without being the same movie."
Let's stay focused on these juicy bits while waiting out this summer's The Possession — a supernatural story that could go either way, with Raimi producing — and chatter about the horror maestro's remake of Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg's Poltergeist. It's another producing project, but rumors have circulated that he may take a seat in the director's chair. Share your excitement for all things Raimi in the comments below.