No.4 The Evil Dead (2013)
What mostfans fear is usually inevitable; the dreaded remake. There was buzz about a potential Evil Dead remake for years and in April 2011, Bruce Campbell said in an Ask Me Anything interview on Reddit.com: “Newsflash: We are remaking Evil Dead. The script is awesome. I will be one of the producers and possibly play the milk man … The remake’s gonna kick ass – you have my word.” On July 13, 2011, it was officially announced that Ghost House Pictures would produce the film and Diablo Cody was giving Fede Alvarez’s script a polish. One rumored star of the remake is ‘s Shiloh Fernandez. Phil Collins’ daughter, Lily (The Blind Side) was in talks to play Mia, a female version of Ash, before she saw *something* coming in the air and pulled out of the project in late January. Just last week it was announced that Jane Levy (TV’s Suburgatory) will replace Collins as Mia.
What will a remake spell for the franchise? Will fans be cool with a final girl version of Ash? More importantly, will the movie survive Diablo Cody’s injection of spastic made-up slang words?
Whatever the case may be, the Evil Dead franchise has left a lasting impression on horror films and various other genres of pop culture as a whole. Without Evil Dead, Sam Raimi’s unique directing and eye for angles wouldn’t have had grounds to flourish and the film industry would be a sad place indeed. And of course, we would never have known about Bruce Campbell’s glorious chin or ability to deadpan snark. And we certainly wouldn’t have gotten a Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash comic book.
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