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And it’s not in a cabin in the woods. A distributor has
stepped up to the plate to pick up the remake of Sam Raimi’s horror classic—and
it’s not a great surprise.
Variety reports that FilmDistrict,
which snapped up the orphaned DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK and also took on the
independent INSIDIOUS, has partnered with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions
to release THE EVIL DEAD worldwide, with the exception of the UK and France. “For
30 years, Sam, Bruce [Campbell] and I have been looking for the right home
where we could return the deadites to the big screen,” producer Rob Tapert said
in a statement. “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.”
Raimi, Tapert and Campbell will produce the new EVIL DEAD
under the Ghost House Pictures banner, with company partners Joe Drake and
Nathan Kahane as executive producers. Uruguyan filmmaker Fede Alvarez, who’s
made several well-regarded horror shorts, will direct from a script he wrote
with Rodo Sayagues, which Diablo Cody did rewrites on. Production is scheduled
to start next year.
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