Looks like that long-in-development Evil Dead remake is finally real. How do we know that? Because now it's got a release date.
Shock Till You Drop reports that Sony Pictures has set April 12, 2013, as the arrival date for the movie, which is being directed by Fede Alvarez and produced by the original Evil Dead team of Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell. Diablo Cody of Juno and Jennifer's Body fame is working on a new draft of the screenplay.
Shooting is scheduled to begin this coming March in New Zealand. No cast has been announced yet, but we already know that this version of the story will not feature Ash, the signature Evil Dead character played by Campbell in the original trilogy.
Aside from that, Moviehole tells us that this Evil Dead will be done as a straight horror story, with much less of the comedy that was part of the original films (especially Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness). The plot follows a group of friends who head out to that well-known cabin in the woods, with one of them, named Mia, dealing with her mom's death by immersing herself in drugs.
The gang finds the Book of the Dead, just as in the original film, and Mia gets affected first—with the others dismissing her behavior as a result of the drugs or her grief, until of course it's too late (there are more detailed plot spoilers at Moviehole).
The more serious tone is said to be a combination of Hellraiser and The Shining, and none of the characters are nearly as goofy as Ash. But without Ash and without the black humor of the originals, the question needs to be asked—why is this even being called The Evil Dead?
We suspect that the dreaded "brand recognition" has something to do with it. However it turns out, we'll find out in April 2013 if it was worth the wait. Meanwhile, you tell us—should this even be called The Evil Dead?