Sony finally took the lid off of Fede Alvarez's "Evil Dead" remake over the weekend at New York City Comic-Con. The film, which wrapped production earlier this year, had been shrouded in secrecy until Bruce Campbell headlined the film's presentation in New York, where he presented the film's first image and an exclusive trailer.
Campbell, who was the lead in Sam Raimi's original "Evil Dead" trilogy and served as a producer on the remake, was joined by Alvarez and star Jane Levy, all of whom discussed the project. The original star has been vocal in his support of the remake since its inception, and this presentation was no different.
In fact, he practically refused to acknowledge the long-rumored "Evil Dead 4" and instead turned his attention towards the new film. "For now, let's give these people a new experience, done with handsome, hot young thespians ready to be covered in fresh buckets of blood," he said before insisting that audiences "will not be screwed on this one."
He also praised Levy's enthusiasm to take on the mantle of the protagonist in this series, a role that has historically required a high tolerance for physical abuse. Levy claimed she sought out the project despite this, but Campbell jokingly indicated that the young actress now "wants to…kill [him]."
It sounds like Campbell is having a little bit more fun now that the shoe's on the other foot, but he also said that he is ready to "crown [Levy] the new Ash" (though Levy was quick to point out that her character's name is actually Mia).
Director Alvarez talked about the process of making the film, which began with a Skype message from original director (and remake producer) Sam Raimi, who made an offer that Alvarez couldn't refuse. if Sam Raimi ever asks you to" remake "The Evil Dead," Alvarez says, "you don't say, 'I'm sorry. I don't believe in remakes.'"
And according to Matt Goldberg at Collider, it showed in the footage that was shown, which went over well with the crowd. The footage itself contained all the stuff you'd expect from an "Evil Dead" film: the Necronomicon, tree rape, self-mutilation, and, of course, a cabin in the woods.
There's no word yet when or if this footage will appear online; for now, the rest of us will have to make do with the first image, which features the familiar image of a Deadite-possessed girl in a cellar.
"The Evil Dead" will be released on April 12th, 2013.
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