Well, now I can say I know what Diablo Cody was referring to when she called the screenplay for the Evil Dead remake unbelievably violent. Featuring all sorts of grimly realized self-mutilation and bodily decomposition, this is a decidedly humorless horror affair according to writer-director Fede Alvarez (Panic Attack!). So where did Cody fit in? "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 Juno and they think I’m gonna pollute Evil Dead with wacky dialogue and cute stuff and folk music," said Cody last year in an interview with Collider. "I understand what this is. I’m interested in storytelling here and making it scary and good and true to the original." But as it turns out, Cody had fairly little to do with many of the film's more horrific brushes. Bruce Campbell clarified her involvement earlier today during an interview for Hollywood.com, indicating that "she did a pass so that we could put it in this century, and have people talk like twentysomethings rather than middle ages old men." Screenwriting credits primarily fall to Fede Alvarez, but also (in addition to Cody) include Sam Raimi and Panic Attack! co-writer Rodo Sayagues Mendez.
From the looks of this trailer, Evil Dead may just be the sort of rare remake that lives up to its classic name. The film opens April 12th, 2013 and stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Elizabeth Blackmore. Synopsis and leaked trailer below.
In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they 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.