Diablo Cody reveals her contribution to The Evil Dead remake

News Glen Chapman
20 Nov 2011 - 17:26

Following on from the recent reveal of the film's synopsis, Diablo Cody has spoken of her contribution to The Evil Dead remake...

From the recent reveal of the plot synopsis for Ghost House Pictures remake of The Evil Dead, we know that the set up won’t be too dissimilar from that of the original. It still, after all, finds a group of friends holed up in a remote cabin summoning the dead and unleashing all manner of madness.

The explanation for the friends travelling to the cabin this time is that the lead character has arranged the trip to take his sister away, to help her get over her drug addiction. Whilst there, she’s inadvertently possessed, and her increasingly strange behaviour is attributed to her going crazy whilst going cold turkey, rather than being possessed by a demon.

This was always going to be a contentious remake given the adulation for the original series of movies, and one of the areas that is of most concern is the fact that Diablo Cody has worked on the script.

I appreciate that the movies she’s written haven’t been to everyone’s tastes, but we’re talking about an Academy Award winning screenwriter here, working on a project that’s being produced and overseen by the original film’s director, Sam Raimi, and its leading man Bruce Campbell.

In a recent interview, then, Cody explained her involvement with the film:

"I did a draft. I did like a polish slash rewrite on the pre-existing, excellent script by Fede Alvarez. I wouldn’t have even gotten involved if Sam [Raimi] and Bruce Campbell hadn’t been involved as well, they’re producing it, and so of course I was like 'Alright I have to do this' because I’m such a fan of the original, and the whole original series in fact."

She went on to add that "I was nervous to take the job because I thought 'Ugh, I’m gonna get shit for this. People are not gonna like this, because all people know of me is like Juno and they think I’m gonna pollute Evil Dead with like wacky dialogue and cute stuff and folk music, and it’s like 'No, look I understand what this is. I’m interested in storytelling here and making it scary and good and true to the original.'"

Appreciating that many are tiring, with good reason, of the number of remakes and reboots we’ve had in recent times and the fact that the trend shows little sign of slowing down, this and the Robocop reboot are projects that still seem to show signs of promise.

More on The Evil Dead remake when we get it.


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