Sony and FilmDistrict to distribute Evil Dead remake
It's really happening, people.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and FilmDistrict have just announced that they've partnered with Ghost House Pictures on a worldwide deal for Sony Pictures to distribute the remake of EVIL DEAD. This deal actually does not include the U.K. and France, so it's not quite worldwide.
As announced before the original producing partners Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi will produce the remake. Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce and Nicole Brown and J.R. Young will oversee the project for Ghost House.
Rob Tapert stated in a press release, "For 30 years, Sam, Bruce and I have been looking for the right home where we could return the deadites to the big screen. Amy Pascal and Jeff Blake at Sony and Peter Schlessel at FilmDistrict have always been incredible partners who share our passion for great storytelling as well as our obsession for scaring the pants off the audience. Together, we are looking forward to terrorizing a whole new generation."
Now, I know a lot of you have reservations- it's only natural when dealing with a classic property like THE EVIL DEAD. But having Tapert, Raimi and Campbell as producers is the best possible scenario, and at least they're getting credit (and money) for their work even if nothing else. I don't see how any fan could be upset with this- it's not like Platinum Dunes nabbed it. Also, there's the recent word from Campbell himself that the film will not feature an Ash character, for the simple (and correct) fact that no actor could play the role without being unfairly compared to the original.
More as we hear it!