So says Fede Alvarez, the Uruguayan director who helmed Sony’s TriStar/FilmDistrict/Ghost House #1 box office hit Evil Dead remake earlier this year. Asked if he’d be directing Army Of Darkness 2, a sequel to 1992′s time-traveling Evil Dead threequel, he Tweeted that it’ll be original Evil Dead maestro Raimi in the director’s chair. Bruce Campbell has been talking up the Army of Darkness sequel lately and is expected to reprise his iconic demon-slaying Ash role. Alvarez instead has been working on Evil Dead 2 which he announced at his Evil Dead SXSW premiere in March. Just last month he also lined up Universal’s video game adaptation Dante’s Inferno. Alvarez and Campbell previously teased that the two parallel Evil Dead franchises could lead to a crossover picture starring reboot heroine Mia (Jane Levy) and Campbell’s Ash.
EXCLUSIVE: Hot off of Sony’s TriStar and FilmDistrict’s #1 weekend opener Evil Dead, Jessica Lucas has lined up a role in Paul W.S. Anderson’s 3D period adventure. She’ll play the slave/confidante to Emily Browning’s Flavia in Pompeii, which began filming last month on location in Italy and will next move to Toronto. Kit Harington, Kiefer Sutherland, and Jared Harris also star in the pic, which unfolds as Mount Vesuvius erupts in the famously doomed city. The Canadian-born actress first broke out after 2008′s Cloverfield and was a series regular on The CW’s Melrose Place before landing the lead on the network’s Cult. She’ll next be seen opposite Michael B. Jordan, Zac Efron and Miles Teller in Treehouse Pictures’ comedy Are We Officially Dating? Lucas is repped by Gersh, Thruline Entertainment and Lichter, Grossman, Nicholas, Adler & Feldman.
Three Films Over $20M: #1 ‘Evil Dead’ Fierce $26M Weekend, #2 Tied Between ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ And ‘The Croods’ With $21.1M, #4 ‘Jurassic Park 3D’ $18.2M
SUNDAY AM, 5TH UPDATE: There was a dramatic change in the Top Five as the biggest grossing three films made over $20M through Sunday for a really big weekend. Total moviegoing looks around $134 million which is +8% over last year. Sony’s TriStar/FilmDistrict/Ghost House’s newcomer Evil Dead is the easy #1 despite dropping an expected -24% from Friday to Saturday for a fierce $26M. Holdovers G.I. Joe: Retaliation from Paramount and The Croods from DreamWorks Animation went up +36% and +39% respectively from Friday to Saturday to take over places second and third. Universal’s new conversion Jurassic Park 3D as expected dropped to #4 and should end Sunday with a decent $18.2M. Analysis coming. Here’s the new Top Ten order:
1. Evil Dead (FilmDistrict/Tristar/Sony) NEW [Runs 3,025] R
Friday $11.9M, Saturday $8.8M, Weekend $26.0M
2 *tie. G.I. Joe: Retaliation 3D (Paramount) Week 2 [Runs 3,734] PG13
Friday $6.4M, Saturday $8.9M (-49%), Weekend $21.1M, Cume $86.6M
2 *tie. The Croods 3D (DreamWorks Animation/Fox) Week 3 [Runs 3,879] PG
Friday $6.0M, Saturday $8.8M, Weekend $21.1M, Cume $126.8M
4. Jurassic Park 3D (Universal) NEW [Runs 2,771] PG13
Friday $7.0M, Saturday $7.1M, Weekend $18.2M
5. Olympus Has Fallen (FilmDistrict) Week 3 [Runs 3,059] R
Friday $3.1M, Saturday $4.3M, Weekend $10.0M, Cume $71.1M
6. Tyler Perry’s Temptation (Lionsgate) Week 2 [Runs 2,047] PG13
Friday $3.4M, Saturday $4.4M, Weekend $10.0M (-54%), Cume $38.3M
7. Oz The Great And Powerful (Disney) Week 5 [Runs 2,905] PG
Friday $2.4M, Saturday $3.4M, Weekend $8.1M, Cume $212.7M
8. The Host (Open Road) Week 2 [Runs 3,202] …
Listen to (and share) episode 20 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. Our awards columnist and host David Bloom discuss the Motion Picture Academy’s unprecedented scheduling of a general membership meeting for early May, and what they might talk about there. Pete talks about this week’s notable films, which send theaters back to the future with a 3D re-release of Stephen Spielberg’s 1993 Jurassic Park and a remake produced by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell of their 1981 horror cult hit Evil Dead. They also talk about this week’s Sony Classics entry, The Company You Keep, featuring Robert Redford as a former radical back on the run.
SXSW isn’t a sales-dominant fest, but two years ago Universal’s Bridesmaids debut here paid off when the Kristen Wiig pic became a $288 million global box office hit. Now studios with spring openers and genre fare are hoping SXSW can be a similar launching pad for strong word of mouth. Here are the mainstream pics hoping to squeeze hot buzz out of SXSW:
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Warner Bros.):
Director: Don Scardino, Story by Chad Kultgen & Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley. Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley. Cast: Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi. Warner Bros opens the Steve Carell – Jim Carrey magician comedy nationwide next week but the mixed critical reaction after its SXSW opening night premiere won’t help.
Evil Dead (Screen Gems):
Director/Screenwriter: Fede Alvarez, Screenwriter: Rodo Sayagues. Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore. Producer Sam Raimi’s fingerprints have been all over this quasi-remake, which was the hottest ticket in town on Day One. Raimi didn’t make the trip to Austin to stump for Evil Dead with director Fede Alvarez and fellow producer Bruce Campbell — he was busy opening Disney’s Oz: The Great And Powerful — but the gory R-rated remake made an impression on the late night genre crowd.
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Onstage following the SXSW world premiere of Sony and FilmDistrict’s Evil Dead remake, director and co-writer Fede Alvarez announced that work on a sequel is underway. “We already started writing Evil Dead 2“, he said during a post-screening Q&A session at Austin’s Paramount Theatre. Original Evil Dead crew Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert produced the remake and Campbell, in attendance, suggested that plans call for a trilogy. The April 5 release stars Jane Levy (Suburgatory), Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas (Cult), Lou Taylor Pucci, and Elizabeth Blackmore as a new quintet of youngsters who unleash evil from the Book of the Dead. Alvarez penned the horror update with Rodo Sayagues after their 2009 Spanish language short Panic Attack (Ataque de Pánico!) caught the attention of Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures. (Diablo Cody also earned a scripting credit.)
The hard-R horror is drenched in blood and gore and utilizes practical effects over CG, a decision producer Tapert admitted he resisted. “CG makes some things easier… [but] Fede fought for the right things”, he said. A strong reaction from the SXSW audience should bolster Sony’s expectations; Evil Dead was the hottest ticket on opening night and had the crowd hooting for every gory reveal. But Campbell put a damper on fans’ hope that he’ll …
Sony has shifted the release of its reboot with FilmDistrict of Evil Dead to April 5 now that Fox has moved its Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy comedy The Heat to June 28. The bump to summer puts the Paul Feig-directed buddy cop pic in prime position to capture Bridesmaids-esque box office magic, but it left the April 5 slot wide open for anyone ready to saddle up against Universal’s Jurassic Park 3D, the only other wide release in the frame. (Fox Searchlight also advanced Danny Boyle’s Trance to fill the April 5 void, albeit in limited release.) Enter Sony/FilmDistrict’s Evil Dead, directed by Fede Alvarez and produced by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, which will counter Steven Spielberg‘s genetically engineered re-dimensionalized dinos with R-rated gore and a twist on the classic Evil Dead premise that already has the genre crowd’s attention. The early open also strategically moves Evil Dead ahead of Weinstein/Dimension’s Scary Movie 5, which opens the following week.
Warner Bros and New Line’s comedy starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey will have its world premiere March 8 at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival, which made the announcement today. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, about a pair of Las Vegas magicians who face off against a new rival, is directed by Don Scardino and opens wide March 15. The Austin-based fest also said it will premiere the reimagined Evil Dead; Joe Swanberg’s comedy Drinking Buddies; the Napster documentary Downloaded from Alex Winter; and Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and James Franco. Most of the full lineup will be announced January 31 and the fest runs March 8-16. Here are SXSW’s descriptions of the films and panels set so far:
Here’s the red band trailer for the reboot of Evil Dead, following yesterday’s teaser. The movie directed by Fede Alvarez stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci and Elizabeth Blackmore. Produced by the original’s Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, it opens April 12, 2013 via Sony’s TriStar label.
Yes this is a teaser trailer (the full one comes tomorrow) but unlike some other promos this one actually succeeds in teasing. Longtime fans have been split about rebooting Evil Dead, but originators Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are involved, and it sounds like Campbell for one knows exactly what’s expected of the remake, being directed by Fede Alvarez. Sony‘s TriStar is releasing the pic April 12, 2013 as part of a deal with Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures and FilmDistrict.
The Evil Dead sequel is dead. A California federal court awarded Sam Raimi’s Renaissance Pictures a default judgment last week in its attempt to stop Awards Pictures from making an Evil Dead 4. In the four-page judgment (read it here), Judge Dale Fisher said that Awards Pictures are “permanently enjoined” from “using the EVIL DEAD name or mark or any derivation or colorable imitations thereof, or any name or mark that is confusingly similar thereto, including but not limited to the names Evil Dead; Evil Dead: Genesis of the Necronomicon; Evil Dead: Genesis of the Necronomicon, Part 2; Evil Dead: Consequences, (collectively, the “Prohibited Names”), as or as part of the title of a motion picture, television program, video game, play, book or any other form of entertainment provided or to be provided through any media, or in connection with the promotion, development, distribution, or production of any form of entertainment.” Renaissance, which was formed in 1979 by Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Robert Tapert for the original 1981 Evil Dead film, sued the little known Award Pictures back in early May for trademark infringement and a series of other related counts over the latter’s intention to produce an Evil Dead film of their own. Awards had claimed that Raimi, who is currently producing an Evil Dead reboot scheduled to come out next spring, abandoned the trademark when he publicly stated in 2000 that Renaissance would never do another Evil Deal …
A looming legal fight over who owns an Evil Dead sequel hasn’t stopped Sam Raimi’s reboot of his 1981 horror classic from moving forward. Principal photography began today in New Zealand. Directed by Fede Alvarez, the new Evil Dead is produced by the Raimi-led Ghost House Pictures, with Sony Pictures and FilmDistrict distributing. The film is scheduled to be released April 12, 2013. In the meantime, Renaissance Pictures, which was formed in 1979 by Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Robert Tapert for the original Evil Dead, has sued the below-the-radar Award Pictures for trademark infringement and a series of other related counts over the latter’s intention to produce an Evil Dead 4 film. Award countered that a published 2000 remark by Raimi that “we’re never going to do a sequel,” was “a public declaration by the defendant that the defendant abandoned the alleged ‘mark’ on Evil Dead decades ago.”
In Renaissance’s May 2 court filing, Raimi claims that Award’s Evil Dead 4 conflicts with plans he has for “another installment” in his Evil Dead franchise. Raimi wrote and directed 1987’s Evil Dead II and 1993’s Army of Darkness aka Evil Dead III. On June 1, 2010 Renaissance filed paperwork with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register the Evil Dead trademark. It was Award’s objection to that filing that has left Renaissance’s application pending and court documents flying back and forth. The new Evil Dead reboot is scheduled to …
EXCLUSIVE: Jane Levy is in talks to play the lead in the remake of Evil Dead that Fede Alvarez will direct shortly. She replaces Lily Collins, who exited the film recently. Levy is the star of the ABC series Suburgatory, and stars in Fun Size, the Josh Schwartz-directed film for Paramount.
In FilmDistrict’s remake of Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead, Levy’s plays Mia, a character that corresponds to Ash, who was played by Bruce Campbell in the original 1981 movie. Mia is one of five young people who head to the remote cabin where evil awaits. Recovering from a recent overdose, Mia is particularly vulnerable. Raimi, Campbell and Rob Tapert are producing with Ghost House Pictures. Fede Alvarez is directing and co-wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues. Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult) revised the latest draft. The movie is targeted to open April 12, 2013. Levy is repped by Gersh, Suskin Management and Robert Offer.
Lily Collins is in early discussions for the lead role in FilmDistrict’s remake of Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead. Collins’ character Mia would be the main character that corresponds to Ash, who was played by Bruce Campbell in the original 1981 movie, according to the Bloody Disgusting blog. Mia is one of five young people who head to the remote cabin where evil awaits. Recovering from a recent overdose, Mia is particularly vulnerable. Collins plays Snow White in the upcoming Mirror Mirror directed by Tarsem Singh and previously was seen in The Blind Side and Priest. Raimi, Campbell and Rob Tapert are producing with Ghost House Pictures and Mandate Pictures. Fede Alvarez is directing and co-wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues. Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult) is revising the latest draft. The movie is targeted to open April 12, 2013.
Culver City, CA (November 30, 2011) – Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) and FilmDistrict have partnered with Ghost House Pictures on a worldwide deal—excluding U.K. and France —for Sony Pictures to distribute the remake of Evil Dead. The announcement was made by Steven Bersch, SPWA President, and Peter Schlessel, CEO of FilmDistrict. Lia Buman, FilmDistrict’s EVP of Acquisitions, will oversee the project.
Original producing partners Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell (who also starred in the original franchise) and Sam Raimi will produce. Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Nicole Brown and J.R. Young will oversee the project for Ghost House.
Rob Tapert stated, “For 30 years, Sam, Bruce and I have been looking for the right home where we could return the deadites to the big screen. Amy Pascal and Jeff Blake at Sony and Peter Schlessel at FilmDistrict have always been incredible partners who share our passion for great storytelling as well as our obsession for scaring the pants off the audience. Together, we are looking forward to terrorizing a whole new generation.”
Added Schlessel, “I have been part of the extended Ghost House family for a long time. It’s fantastic to continue the relationship as we bring this classic horror film to a new generation of fans.”
“Sony Pictures has a fantastic history collaborating with both Ghost House and Film District and we couldn’t be more excited to continue working together