As reported a few days ago, Sam Raimi has said that the Evil Dead remake is a go. I mentioned a month back that I wouldn’t believe such news until it came from the director himself, well crap, it has. I would normally be screaming to all who would listen (and those who won’t), and to be honest I did when I first read the news. How could Sam do such a thing? Remakes are the evidence of everything that is wrong in Hollywood right now. Then the news started getting even more upsetting. The remake was going to be made with that Stifler jag off as the shotgun touting hero Ash! Holy crap, that just was just plain wrong. Then the news shifted again. The Evil Dead remake was going to be cast with a series of unknowns, Sam wanted to use the remake as an opportunity to give a young filmmaker a chance at success. Well hell, while I still couldn’t stand the concept of a remake, the supposed reasons behind it seemed noble, if a bit off kilter. Then, more news came in on said remake that started to make a bit more sense in a strange Hollywood business kinda’ way. News that would allow me to slowly start to forgive Mr. Raimi.
See, Raimi, Tapert, and Campbell don’t own all the Evil Dead rights.
So, the current rumor is that Raimi is allowing the remake to be made with the promise that he will retain full rights and control of the Evil Dead franchise once the remake is made. This will then allow him to make Evil Dead 4 ( or Army of Darkness 2 but I doubt they’d call it that) with Bruce Campbell again taking on the role of Ash. This rumor has been supported by the great chinned one when he claimed that the Evil Dead remake would be made, but that it couldn’t include Ash as a character. Yea, this doesn’t make a lot of sense to me either, but if it does indeed allow the Renaissance Films boys to make the Evil Dead sequel they’ve always wanted… So be it.
Then why am I so upset still?
I don’t really know. In some strange way it makes my love for the films a little cheap. I’ve spent a good long time studying Sam’s work on all the Evil Dead films. I’ve read all the interviews in hopes of gaining some insight on how he was able to pull off these films. I’ve forced every single friend to sit down with me and watch the films while I ramble on about the genius of this shot or that shot. (And yes, they are all still my friends…and Evil Dead fans). I’ve tried to keep all my friends who are interested in making movies together with the hope that someday we can live this dream of making movies. Movies that in 20 years some other group of geeks will stay up late at night laughing with (or at). I think that’s part of the problem. I’ve fetishized Raimi’s films. I’ve made them something they are not. Are they still impressive as hell? Absolutely. Are they still valid as films to watch and study? You bet. But, in the end, they are simply films and I need to leave it at that. I need to remember that for all the thoughts I have about film making it’s a business first; and in a business you sometimes have to make choices that are going to upset people.
That leaves me with a strange quandary.
Do I offer my support of the Evil Dead remake if it will indeed allow Raimi the businessman the opportunity for Raimi the filmmaker to get his movie made? Why the hell am I more forgiving of Raimi but could give two spits for Lucas anymore? Would I give my blessing of a remake of my concepts if it meant that I would get my property back? I don’t really know…but boy howdy, I can’t wait for that day to come.
Until next time…Kaltuu…Verdada…Nik’feerrerhaaaaaa… That’s it, wrote the entry…