Robert Tapert, a longtime producer of Sam Raimi films, has once again stirred the pot among Evil Dead fanboys by saying that Raimi is considering a remake of the original by a young director. Which begs the question: Why? All the charm of the original was in the kitsch and camp that a young Raimi and Bruce Campbell brought to the film, so where does one go with that?
/Film reports that Tapert offered this in the way of an update:
[An Evil Dead reboot is] possible; we’re looking at a script this month… What’s interesting about ‘Evil Dead’ is very few people saw it in the format we made it for, which is for the theater. … I think Sam wants to embrace the ultimate experience in grueling terror and see it remade for a proper theatrical experience.
At least for our sanity’s sake, he didn’t once use the word “gritty” when referring to the reboot. Despite the fact that Raimi wouldn’t be directing, he originally had expressed that he’d like to work on a new script for a non-reboot, but now it sounds like his preference is to oversee the process in more a nebulous capacity. I’m never one to be cynical of a Sam Raimi project, but it sounds like the powers that be in the Evil Dead series have been listening more to the noise made by the internet and less to common sense. Seeing as how this is all conjecture, let’s all overreact to it. RIGHT NOW.