Previously, we reported that Lily Collins was expected to star in the Evil Dead remake. However, according to HitFix.com, Lily Collins is out and Jane Levy, star of the TV series Suburgatory, is now taking over the role.
In an article recently released on TheInsider, Jane Levy expressed her feelings on the project: “I’m so excited,” she said. “I’m a big fan of the original. To me it’s the scariest movie, ever. But this one is really different. They’ve changed it a lot, but it’s still a pretty gory movie. My mom probably cant’ see it.”
While Levy’s claim of gore may scare away her mother, diehard fans are still worried that the remake will tarnish the original’s image. FrightCatalog.com fans have already openly shown their distaste through comments made on articles previously covering the film’s updates.
But hold on a minute. Before people continue whipping themselves into a foamy rage, look at who’s producing and lending their creative direction to the remake: Bruce Campbell (star of the original) and Sam Raimi (writer and director of the original), the two heavy hitters who made the original such an astonishing piece of work [citation]. There was no cloak-and-dagger plan to oust Bruce Campbell from the role as lead actor. Quite the contrary, in fact, for Bruce has been part of the project all along.
“We are going to remake it. The first one,” Bruce told BloodDisgusting, back in November of 2011. “And people are a little iffy about that [but] we wanted to remake a movie with better effects and we’re better at telling stories now… There’s no ‘Ash’ character and that pisses people off [but] we didn’t want to have the direct comparison. I wouldn’t want to put an actor in that position.”
So we have a level-headed Bruce Campbell using his cinematic experience to guide the film’s direction and a star who is excited to take on the role of a new Evil Dead lead character. But can we really expect a thrilling remake of what is one of the most iconic cult classics of all time? Let’s go back to Bruce:
“You can expect to have a damn scary horror movie,” said Bruce Campbell, to TheInsider. “There’s no Ash character – The Evil Book is going to torment a new set of kids, so it’s a remake, or a re-imagining or … a re-whatever word you want to use. It’s going to be re-scary.”
Not everyone will agree, though, that the original was meant to be a frightening experience. Sure, Evil Dead was pitched as a horror film, but the low-budget backing of the film made for some hilarious moments. And according to what Jane Levy told TheInsider, she agrees: “I think the humor in the first one came from the special effects of the time. I don’t know that they meant it to be funny … this [remake] is not funny. It’s definitely dark.”
No one can deny that we live in an age of rehashed, recycled, and remade films. (There are 10 Halloween films. Nightmare on Elm Street was remade in 2010. The Thing saw a half-assed prequel emerge in 2011. The list goes on and on.) But, based on what Campbell and Levy said, the Evil Dead remake/re-imagining/re-whatever may be a closer-to-home telling of the original story, without the low-budget special effects hindering the film’s vision.
If Campbell and Raimi are seriously putting their necks on the line with this remake, all we can do is cheer them on and hope they don’t ruin their reputations. The film is rumored to hit theaters on April 12, 2013.
Good luck, guys.