Apparently over the past few months there seemed to be some sort of confusion over which approach this new Evil Dead movie would take. Would it be a reboot, a sequel, or a flat out remake. Well this new plot synopsis leaves little doubt that this is in fact a remake:
Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.
Wow, this sounds exactly like Sam Raimi’s original film. That’s not necessarily a bad thing I guess, but Bloody-Disgusting says they’ve got the scoop on how this verion will differ:
..The kids all head to the cabin in order to help one of their number kick a serious drug habit. The site says “the “new spin” is the motivation behind the trip, with the lead character taking his younger sister to the family’s cabin to help her kick her drug addiction. Without her drugs she becomes insane and difficult to control, which makes it impossible to see that she’s actually possessed.” And passages from the Book of the Dead, i.e. the spoken spells that awake the dead, are not played back via tape recording, but read by one of the young characters — someone who evidently has the ability to read ancient Sumerian, or whatever arcane language is written in the book.
That’s a pretty good way of modernizing it, and I’m kind of digging the twist (even though I don’t expect it to be a long-lasting sub-plot). I’m torn on how to feel about this though. Bruce Campbell (the star of the original who played Ash) has already stated that the iconic character Ash won’t even be in the film. That this will be an all new re-telling.
That kind of sucks. It’s hard to just replace a character like Ash, or even try to make a new character like him. Even with Raimi and Campbell giving their blessing (and more than likely producing) I’m concerned about this movie. I’m crossing my fingers it’ll be good, but I’m very cautious right now.