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The official word on The Evil Dead remake, and a Diablo Cody rewrite

Jul. 13, 2011by: Dave Davis

Fans of the original movies have long hoped for Ash from housewares to once again battle Deadites in his uniquely boneheaded fashion for a fourth EVIL DEAD.

We have also dreaded the oft-threatened reboot/remake of the series, but the most recent rumblings of it are indeed true, as you can see from the official release below.

Sam Raimi and original producing partners Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell (who also starred in the original franchise) are gearing up to remake their cult sensation THE EVIL DEAD through their long standing Ghost House Pictures partnership. Raimi and Tapert were such instant fans of Fede Alvarez’s short film “Panic Attack” that they set up a blind deal with the filmmaker and through that process have attached Fede Alvarez to write and direct the film. Alvarez wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues. Academy Award® winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (JUNO, JENNIFER'S BODY) is currently doing revisions on the draft. Ghost House is committed to renewing the franchise and has the film on the fast track.

Raimi, Tapert and Campbell will serve as producers. Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Nicole Brown and J.R. Young will oversee the project for Ghost House. Lionsgate will handle international sales on the film.

The three producing partners commented, "We are committed to making this movie and are inspired by the enduring popularity and enthusiasm for the ‘Evil Dead’ series. We can't wait to scare a new generation of moviegoers using filmmaking techniques that were not available to us thirty years ago as well as Fede bringing a fresh eye to the film’s original elements."

Raimi wrote, directed and, along with Tapert and Campbell, produced the original horror classic THE EVIL DEAD that tells the story of five twenty-something friends who become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead. An archaeologist's tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization. Playing the taped incantations, the youths 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. THE EVIL DEAD spawned a franchise with the equally successful installments EVIL DEAD II and ARMY OF DARKNESS.

Extra Tidbit: So, a cabin filled with cloying characters and self-aware dialogue, then?
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7:19PM on 07/17/2011

This is EVIL and should be DEAD.

Remake of "The Evil Dead"? No thanks. Diablo Cody revisions/rewrite? FUCK THAT. That's what I want to hear, Ash proclaiming "honest to blog". Spare me.
Remake of "The Evil Dead"? No thanks. Diablo Cody revisions/rewrite? FUCK THAT. That's what I want to hear, Ash proclaiming "honest to blog". Spare me.
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6:08AM on 07/15/2011
Look guys i know im gonna be in the minority here so lets start. Right Im interested in the remake as Sam has the rights and its HIS decision to make it and for that im already in because if it was someone else then NO. Lets not forget the originals exist and we can watch them and love them forever. Raimi himself isnt really happy with the first movie he has said in interviews so I hope this fresh take will be more to what he wanted to say in the original and hopefully this will start the
Look guys i know im gonna be in the minority here so lets start. Right Im interested in the remake as Sam has the rights and its HIS decision to make it and for that im already in because if it was someone else then NO. Lets not forget the originals exist and we can watch them and love them forever. Raimi himself isnt really happy with the first movie he has said in interviews so I hope this fresh take will be more to what he wanted to say in the original and hopefully this will start the series of fresh
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10:26PM on 07/14/2011
My favorite in the series as well as one of my favorite movies of all time is Army of Darkness and anything less than a worthwhile follow-up to that just isn't going to cut it.
My favorite in the series as well as one of my favorite movies of all time is Army of Darkness and anything less than a worthwhile follow-up to that just isn't going to cut it.
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6:56PM on 07/14/2011

Fuck this shit

I really can't get over how stupid this move is. Horror remakes generally don't pull in much money anymore but the Evil Dead series is a major cult classic with a huge fanbase. Not only would it have made me happier as a fan to have seen a sequel but from a business point of view, a sequel makes more sense than remake. This new remake will no doubt bomb, as it should. Come on Hollywood, enough of this shit.
I really can't get over how stupid this move is. Horror remakes generally don't pull in much money anymore but the Evil Dead series is a major cult classic with a huge fanbase. Not only would it have made me happier as a fan to have seen a sequel but from a business point of view, a sequel makes more sense than remake. This new remake will no doubt bomb, as it should. Come on Hollywood, enough of this shit.
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9:04PM on 07/14/2011
yeah i wish they would stop hiring first time directors to take on franchises of this caliber. Did they learn nothing from the Nightmare on Elm St remake??
yeah i wish they would stop hiring first time directors to take on franchises of this caliber. Did they learn nothing from the Nightmare on Elm St remake??
5:27PM on 07/14/2011
"Can't wait to scare a new generation with techniques they didn't have 30 years ago" In other words shitty CGI is replacing solid filmmaking and creativity
"Can't wait to scare a new generation with techniques they didn't have 30 years ago" In other words shitty CGI is replacing solid filmmaking and creativity
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6:05PM on 07/14/2011
exactly what i was thinking.
exactly what i was thinking.
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4:44PM on 07/14/2011
sucks
sucks
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4:10PM on 07/14/2011
they might as well get tommy wiseau to play ash
they might as well get tommy wiseau to play ash
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2:53PM on 07/14/2011

Even if this ends up being the best movie ever

I'll still hate it for destroying any hope of seeing an Evil Dead 4. :(
I'll still hate it for destroying any hope of seeing an Evil Dead 4. :(
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1:09PM on 07/14/2011

As a fan

As a fan of the original trilogy I want to see the contuation of Ash and his story. I do not want a remake using a flavor of the month crew.
As a fan of the original trilogy I want to see the contuation of Ash and his story. I do not want a remake using a flavor of the month crew.
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11:01AM on 07/14/2011
Diablo Cody....
Diablo Cody....
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9:11AM on 07/14/2011

Calm down guys.

Will it be better than the original? Almost certainly not. Will it be different to the original? Certainly.
Considering the Man himself Bruce Campbell seems to be excited about this I'm going to reserve judgement until at the very least I see a trailer. Here's his twitter if you want to keep tabs on the man, make sure he's on the level and some such: http://twitter.com/#!/groovybruce
Keep in mind: No one is forcing you to watch this film. It will not impact the original Evil Dead films in
Will it be better than the original? Almost certainly not. Will it be different to the original? Certainly.
Considering the Man himself Bruce Campbell seems to be excited about this I'm going to reserve judgement until at the very least I see a trailer. Here's his twitter if you want to keep tabs on the man, make sure he's on the level and some such: http://twitter.com/#!/groovybruce
Keep in mind: No one is forcing you to watch this film. It will not impact the original Evil Dead films in the slightest. All movie fans worth their salt know full well how amazing the Evil Dead films were and still are. At the end of the day the originals will always be right there waiting for you no matter what.
No remake or reinterpretation can take away the ground breaking affect the originals have had on film makers or the audiences who adore them.
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8:15AM on 07/14/2011

you guys are hilarious

i just think its funny people treat any remake like its some how disrespecting the original film. like no one ever sang my way, but frank sinatra, no one ever wrote batman comics but bob kane, no one ever Rooster Cogburn but john wayne. seriously an idea is open to reinterpretation thats no crime. its only bad when they pull a lucas and change the original movie, and try not to release the version everyone fell in love with. the original will still exist and so if this sucks you can always go
i just think its funny people treat any remake like its some how disrespecting the original film. like no one ever sang my way, but frank sinatra, no one ever wrote batman comics but bob kane, no one ever Rooster Cogburn but john wayne. seriously an idea is open to reinterpretation thats no crime. its only bad when they pull a lucas and change the original movie, and try not to release the version everyone fell in love with. the original will still exist and so if this sucks you can always go back and watch it. Will it be amazing? only time will tell, and given that i actually enjoy some remakes, not all but some, i wanna see what can be brought to the table. and i still contend that the actor most suited to play the role is nicholas brendon.
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8:48AM on 07/14/2011
My main concern is this.

If a re-make is made, regardless of how good, bad or pointless it may be, it will effectively put the nail in the coffin of any hope of seeing a true Evil Dead 4.

Once the re-make train starts rolling, the original franchise will never get picked up again. It's the same reason I was so annoyed by the Nightmare on Elm Street re-make, the second that baby went into production I had to accept the fact I'd never see Englund's Freddy in cinema's ever again.
My main concern is this.

If a re-make is made, regardless of how good, bad or pointless it may be, it will effectively put the nail in the coffin of any hope of seeing a true Evil Dead 4.

Once the re-make train starts rolling, the original franchise will never get picked up again. It's the same reason I was so annoyed by the Nightmare on Elm Street re-make, the second that baby went into production I had to accept the fact I'd never see Englund's Freddy in cinema's ever again.
10:25AM on 07/14/2011
an interesting look at it but to be fair often those series have run their course. robert and campbell are both getting to old to hold the role, they did fantastic jobs, but ultimately its nostalgia. which is fun and great to get a piece of shall we call it old school now. but sadly i don't wanna see bruce still doing the ash thing, kinda like i don't wanna indy still doing his thing, marty mcfly still travelling through time. the sequel idea woulda been fun but for me to see old ash still try
an interesting look at it but to be fair often those series have run their course. robert and campbell are both getting to old to hold the role, they did fantastic jobs, but ultimately its nostalgia. which is fun and great to get a piece of shall we call it old school now. but sadly i don't wanna see bruce still doing the ash thing, kinda like i don't wanna indy still doing his thing, marty mcfly still travelling through time. the sequel idea woulda been fun but for me to see old ash still try to kick zombie but with the way he is now i would be "cool" but again its seeing you're hero growing up start to lose his dignity, and prowless we don't want to see our heroes go into old age. we want them to go out riding into the sunset. well perhaps i'm speaking to generally, either way. i do understand both a sequel and remake. also although it might kill sequel possibilities. there's always a chance that some young punk can talk raimi into a sequel. hell if you wanted to you could do it, it could only take 5 years if you pursue it hard enough.
2:04PM on 07/14/2011
Both bruce and sam have teased and hinted about doing a 4th film over the last decade or so, they've always kept our hopes up and this basicly puts a nail in that coffen. It is definately gonna be interesting to see an undated version of evil dead but its the fact that we will never get the sequal we were all hoping for.
Both bruce and sam have teased and hinted about doing a 4th film over the last decade or so, they've always kept our hopes up and this basicly puts a nail in that coffen. It is definately gonna be interesting to see an undated version of evil dead but its the fact that we will never get the sequal we were all hoping for.
8:13AM on 07/14/2011
So is Bruce Campbell even going to be in this, or just producing? If it's a relaunch with a completely unrelated cast, they'll just annoy the hardcore fans, and I don't rate their chances of recapturing the spirit of the original movies for a younger audience. Guess we'll have to see on this one.
So is Bruce Campbell even going to be in this, or just producing? If it's a relaunch with a completely unrelated cast, they'll just annoy the hardcore fans, and I don't rate their chances of recapturing the spirit of the original movies for a younger audience. Guess we'll have to see on this one.
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8:04AM on 07/14/2011
I'm not on the hating Diablo bandwagon. But, don't anyone think Raimi and Campbell are going to let her get away with too much.
I'm not on the hating Diablo bandwagon. But, don't anyone think Raimi and Campbell are going to let her get away with too much.
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7:47AM on 07/14/2011

I'm packing my bags.

And I'm heading off to the Antarctica so I wont need to look at news on the internet no more! BETRAYAL SAM RAIMI BETRAYAL!
And I'm heading off to the Antarctica so I wont need to look at news on the internet no more! BETRAYAL SAM RAIMI BETRAYAL!
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7:25AM on 07/14/2011

Affirmative Action

Let's find this bitch and abduct her !
Let's find this bitch and abduct her !
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6:08AM on 07/14/2011

Screw this

Diablo Cody? Fuck no
Diablo Cody? Fuck no
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5:58AM on 07/14/2011

Raimi...

You have got to be fucking joking.
You have got to be fucking joking.
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5:52AM on 07/14/2011
I feel like I've been stabbed in the gut by a close close friend.

Raimi, after that genuine return to Evil Dead form that was Drag Me To Hell, we all know you could do it, could pull of a genuine fourth entry in a beloved series of influential movies. Don't give in to the re-make bug, what's the point, those "technologies" that weren't available back in the day are still available to create a horror driven fourth entry.

You've completely, utterly and totally missed everything the fans
I feel like I've been stabbed in the gut by a close close friend.

Raimi, after that genuine return to Evil Dead form that was Drag Me To Hell, we all know you could do it, could pull of a genuine fourth entry in a beloved series of influential movies. Don't give in to the re-make bug, what's the point, those "technologies" that weren't available back in the day are still available to create a horror driven fourth entry.

You've completely, utterly and totally missed everything the fans have supported over these thirty plus years.
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5:44AM on 07/14/2011

Hipster

Trash
Trash
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3:47AM on 07/14/2011
Remade movie are nothing more then Cover songs.
Remade movie are nothing more then Cover songs.
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2:50AM on 07/14/2011

I had to double check the date...

I was hoping today was April Fool's Day....
I was hoping today was April Fool's Day....
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2:28AM on 07/14/2011
What sucks is that Fede Alvarez should have an original voice based on his previous work. Instead it's like Peter Jackson hiring Neil Blomkamp to direct a remake of Dead Alive.
What sucks is that Fede Alvarez should have an original voice based on his previous work. Instead it's like Peter Jackson hiring Neil Blomkamp to direct a remake of Dead Alive.
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2:05AM on 07/14/2011
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I cannot put into words the mixture of sorrow, disgust, and anger that the words DIABLO CODY CO-WRITES EVIL DEAD REMAKE brings to mind...I'll let someone else do it for me...

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I cannot put into words the mixture of sorrow, disgust, and anger that the words DIABLO CODY CO-WRITES EVIL DEAD REMAKE brings to mind...I'll let someone else do it for me...

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1:44AM on 07/14/2011
If Bruce isn't Ash and this isn't a sequel then nobody will watch this. This news sucks. Worst movie news ever!
If Bruce isn't Ash and this isn't a sequel then nobody will watch this. This news sucks. Worst movie news ever!
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2:15AM on 07/14/2011
"Worst movie news ever"

Seriously, I'd rather see Star Wars Episodes 7-9 starring Justin Beiber happen than this.

At least we've come to expect such things from Star Wars...
"Worst movie news ever"

Seriously, I'd rather see Star Wars Episodes 7-9 starring Justin Beiber happen than this.

At least we've come to expect such things from Star Wars...
1:39AM on 07/14/2011

God damnit fuckin' fuckers

Kiss my fat fucking white ass!!!!
Kiss my fat fucking white ass!!!!
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1:05AM on 07/14/2011
What.
What.
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1:00AM on 07/14/2011
All my interest in seeing this just completely left me like a hot fart.
All my interest in seeing this just completely left me like a hot fart.
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12:59AM on 07/14/2011

Diablo Cody?

Swear to blog?
Swear to blog?
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12:42AM on 07/14/2011

Ahem... WHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAT????

WHHAAAT THE FUUUUUUCK??? DIABLO FUCKING CODY??!! ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS!!! Im glad Ash can be in tune with all the Hipsters in Fuckin Silver Lake now!! What the fuck Raimi??? What the FUCK!?!? ... Ok, Im done.
WHHAAAT THE FUUUUUUCK??? DIABLO FUCKING CODY??!! ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS!!! Im glad Ash can be in tune with all the Hipsters in Fuckin Silver Lake now!! What the fuck Raimi??? What the FUCK!?!? ... Ok, Im done.
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11:57PM on 07/13/2011
Lady I'm going to have to ask you to leave the store.
Lady I'm going to have to ask you to leave the store.
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11:49PM on 07/13/2011
Goddammit, Raimi.
Goddammit, Raimi.
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11:42PM on 07/13/2011
...waiting to make judgement...
...waiting to make judgement...
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2:14AM on 07/14/2011
You sir, are a screwhead.
You sir, are a screwhead.
11:35PM on 07/13/2011
Diablo fucking Cody?
Diablo fucking Cody?
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11:04PM on 07/13/2011

Ruined my day

I was having a great day. My own horror film won three awards today, and we got nominated for two more. Then this happened.

Despite all the personal awesomeness that was happening, this just completely ruined it all. The Evil Dead trilogy has been a huge influence on me, and this is just about the worst news I can hear about the series.

So severely saddened right now.
I was having a great day. My own horror film won three awards today, and we got nominated for two more. Then this happened.

Despite all the personal awesomeness that was happening, this just completely ruined it all. The Evil Dead trilogy has been a huge influence on me, and this is just about the worst news I can hear about the series.

So severely saddened right now.
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11:06PM on 07/13/2011
Sorry about the double post.
Sorry about the double post.
11:02PM on 07/13/2011

I said this on BD..

this movie is going to suck now. Because cody is writing it. It's going to be filled with social comedy lines and one liners and all those stupid witty things. Juno blew and so did jen's body. Both were terrible. She's a fuckin hack writer. Only got in because she knew someone. (What else is new?!) W/e I guess we'll have to see right. But for now I am saying this will suck for sure. But I do have faith in the director, did you guys see that short?? That shit was nuts. Prob took more time to
this movie is going to suck now. Because cody is writing it. It's going to be filled with social comedy lines and one liners and all those stupid witty things. Juno blew and so did jen's body. Both were terrible. She's a fuckin hack writer. Only got in because she knew someone. (What else is new?!) W/e I guess we'll have to see right. But for now I am saying this will suck for sure. But I do have faith in the director, did you guys see that short?? That shit was nuts. Prob took more time to make then the actual product though.
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11:02PM on 07/13/2011

Ruined my day

I was having a great day. My own horror film won three awards today, and we got nominated for two more. Then this happened.

Despite all the personal awesomeness that was happening, this just completely ruined it all. The Evil Dead trilogy has been a huge influence on me, and this is just about the worst news I can hear about the series.

So severely saddened right now.
I was having a great day. My own horror film won three awards today, and we got nominated for two more. Then this happened.

Despite all the personal awesomeness that was happening, this just completely ruined it all. The Evil Dead trilogy has been a huge influence on me, and this is just about the worst news I can hear about the series.

So severely saddened right now.
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10:58PM on 07/13/2011

I'll celebrate the day this is released

...by having a marathon of the real Evil Dead movies.
...by having a marathon of the real Evil Dead movies.
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11:04PM on 07/13/2011
Same here.
Same here.
10:56PM on 07/13/2011
It was going down hill from the beginning then completely derailed when Diablo Cody was brought up
It was going down hill from the beginning then completely derailed when Diablo Cody was brought up
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10:46PM on 07/13/2011

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WORST IDEA OF THE YEAR !
WORST IDEA OF THE YEAR !
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10:36PM on 07/13/2011

What.the.Fahk!

Come onnnnnnn!!!!!! WTF. Seriously. When will they learn. We don't need a reboot, we don't need a prequel! If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it! Jesus! I went from being so amped for this to seriously hoping it gets fast tracked to the fuckin' dumpster. A dream has just been shattered!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Come onnnnnnn!!!!!! WTF. Seriously. When will they learn. We don't need a reboot, we don't need a prequel! If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it! Jesus! I went from being so amped for this to seriously hoping it gets fast tracked to the fuckin' dumpster. A dream has just been shattered!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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10:39PM on 07/13/2011
Your avi perfectly fits the frustration we're all feeling.
Your avi perfectly fits the frustration we're all feeling.
10:31PM on 07/13/2011

OH. MY. GOD.

The end has arrived Evil Dead purists. Time to pack my things and walk away from this series forever.
The end has arrived Evil Dead purists. Time to pack my things and walk away from this series forever.
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10:19PM on 07/13/2011
"We can't wait to scare a new generation of moviegoers using filmmaking techniques that were not available to us thirty years ago.." Wow, nice.. just destroy everything that people love and hold dear about the original.

Oh, and add Diablo Cody to piss them off even more.
"We can't wait to scare a new generation of moviegoers using filmmaking techniques that were not available to us thirty years ago.." Wow, nice.. just destroy everything that people love and hold dear about the original.

Oh, and add Diablo Cody to piss them off even more.
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11:06PM on 07/13/2011
I hate that dumb cun* so much. Sorry for the C word but it's the only word that can describe her. She's a hack. This is going to prob be PG-13 and filled of glittery demons, jock's, MTV people, jersey shore people, and music by the most annoying pop bands and indie bands ever. SO pretty much this is goin to fuckin suck donkey dick.
I hate that dumb cun* so much. Sorry for the C word but it's the only word that can describe her. She's a hack. This is going to prob be PG-13 and filled of glittery demons, jock's, MTV people, jersey shore people, and music by the most annoying pop bands and indie bands ever. SO pretty much this is goin to fuckin suck donkey dick.
10:14PM on 07/13/2011
I'm curious to know at what point it was decided that bringing Diablo Cody on board was a good idea. They obviously didn't see Jennifer's Body.

The other thing that worries me is that just like how Friday the 13th didn't take on a life of its own (as we know it) until the sequel and then especially the 3rd film, The Evil Dead is in the same boat. How often do you see people dressing up as characters or even quoting lines from the first movie? To the pop culture world, it's all about the 2nd
I'm curious to know at what point it was decided that bringing Diablo Cody on board was a good idea. They obviously didn't see Jennifer's Body.

The other thing that worries me is that just like how Friday the 13th didn't take on a life of its own (as we know it) until the sequel and then especially the 3rd film, The Evil Dead is in the same boat. How often do you see people dressing up as characters or even quoting lines from the first movie? To the pop culture world, it's all about the 2nd and 3rd ED movies. The remake will hafta be a mash-up of 1&2, like what the F13th reboot did, in order to resonate properly...

...either that or they could just CAN the damn thing.
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10:05PM on 07/13/2011
Before this announcement I was cautiously optimistic. But that's over. Fuck this.
Before this announcement I was cautiously optimistic. But that's over. Fuck this.
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10:04PM on 07/13/2011
So it's a remake? Ok.
So it's a remake? Ok.
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