Exactly. I'd MUCH rather see a 4th Evil Dead film from Raimi. Drag Me To Hell was entertaining and hilarious at times, but I didn't think it lived up to Raimi's Evil Dead series at all because that lead actress was so f***ing boring (plus the ending was retarded to me, but anyway...)
Perhaps Raimi wants to test the waters with a remake and see how successful that is before he bothers with another sequel? However, in my opinion, I don't think that'll be a fair way to judge: a remake won't have HIM in the director's chair (it'll be some other clown).
She just got dragged to hell. I suppose the title of the movie might have been false advertising if she didn't, but I was expecting something a bit more creative and satisfying, or at least funny.. heh.
i thought drag me to hell was awesome, but nothing raimi could do would ever live up to ed2. drag me to hell reminded me of the raimi i rember as a kid before all the mainstream movies he started doing.
I don't like the idea of Diablo Cody writing the remake, because it doesn't seem that she has any real strong points for writing a horror script, let alone The Evil Dead, which relies heavily on true horror aesthetics.
Sure it "might" work but it makes as much sense as hiring Stephen King to rewrite Juno.
As for Bruce Campbell as Ash; sure it would make no sense to have him in a remake, but no one wants a remake - most fans including me, want either another sequel or a spin-off of the series.
Raimi could easily do a great sequel using an older Ash/Bruce to maybe even introduce a new hero for a spin-off film. And Bruce, though old, seems fit enough to reprise some pretty cool action roles as seen on his current series Burn Notice.
Because Raimi must know that any sequel to the ED series would generate big money, I doubt that he's giving up on Evil Dead for good.
I'd rather see an adaptation of Evil Dead: The Musical.
Are you kidding?! Didn't you see Jennifer's Body?! It was amazing!
Now to switch out of sarcasm mode....
Bruce Campbell won't return as Ash. He said too much time has gone by and he knows a lot of people would hate it if he were to reprise the role. He referenced Indiana Jones 4 as an example of how people would react to Evil Dead 4.
Plus, he has it made with Burn Notice. It's a great show and I'm glad to see consistent work from him in a successful TV show.
And I doubt Evil Dead 4 would make much money. That's why you're not seeing many sequels of old series anymore. The target audience is a new generation who has never seen Evil Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, etc. Remakes probably generate more money.
I know you're kidding, but that movie does raise some interesting points here.
Jennifer's Body was horrible. Bad script, bad film, and bad take on the horror genera with little or no originality. It was like High School Musical with a Twilight Vampire thrown in.
I do think Cody is talented in certain generas (Juno was original and impressive) but she doesn't fit horror. Jennifer's Body proved that.
The only thing attractive about the movie was Megan Fox, to which is probably the only reason people went to see it.
Further more - Jennifer's Body was NOT scary - not in the least bit, while ED certainly was. Jennifer's Body was more of a "High School exploitation" flick and not true horror in my opinion.
Compare that to Evil Dead #1 which was a horror film that incorporated a lot of fantastic effects without CGI and on a budget that would force many filmmakers to bail out.
Jennifer's Body is the reason why I feel Cody CAN'T do a good Evil Dead remake, because it was such a shoddy film even without being compared to Evil Dead.
Unless she wrote a really good horror film that I don't know about, I think she should stick with what she is really good at -- NON-horror movies.
There are a few director/writers that are big fans of Evil Dead that I think should be picked over her, i.e The Walking Dead's Frank Durobont, not to mention Stephen King, who actually had an endorsement of the film on the old video cassette covers.
But I could be wrong. So I ask; does anybody here think that Jennifer's Body was a strong enough horror film to give Cody enough credit for a shot to remake Evil Dead?
Sequels VS Remakes: If sequels are backed up with good directors they can be very successful and make more money than remakes. These types of films do not cater to certain generations, they are just great films. Case in Point - James Cameron's, Aliens, Terminator 2, and Romero's Dawn of the Dead.
There is no need to produce remakes, if sequels are put into the hands of talented people.
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Aliens: seven years after Alien
Terminator 2: seven years after The Terminator
Dawn of the Dead: 10 years after Night of the Living Dead
the hypothetical Evil Dead 4: 19 years after Army of Darkness
Don't get me wrong. Some sequels are successful after the series has been done for a long time. But these are all movies that prove to have huge fanbases. We're not talking cult classics, we're talking major blockbusters. George Lucas was able to make The Phantom Menace 16 years after Return of the Jedi because it's Star Wars. The same goes (more or less) for Indiana Jones, Alien, and Terminator.
I don't think you can use Romero's Dead films in this debate because each of them stand alone as their own movies, even if they are classified as sequels.
Think of the mentality of the market. When a sequel comes to theaters, what sways one's decision on whether or not to see it is if one has seen the previous films. That's not the only factor, but it's a big one. I didn't see Fast Five. Why? Because I haven't seen the first four movies (among other reasons).
And those are recent movies. Imagine this scenario. A 17-year-old (major demographic) is standing in line, deciding which movie to see. Does he want to see The Woman in Black? Maybe, it is starring the Harry Potter kid. Another choice is Evil Dead 4. "Wait, Evil Dead? What's that? Isn't that an old movie that came out back when my parent were dating? Yeah, it's even starring some old dude."
See where a remake would capture that teen better than a sequel?
So I've been thinking about this recently and I don't think another sequal is the way to go. Army of Darkness was a self-parady and I honestly, can think of way to make the series go in a serious direction after that. A remake is the only way to go IMO.
Of course, this leaves the question who should play Ash as Bruce won't be returning? I think the best choice would be Nick Brendon who played Xander in Buffy. Anyway, my two cents on the situation.