Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead franchise about demon possession, chainsaws, and the Book of the Dead first debuted in 1983 as low-budget horror gold.
Shortly, after it began to gather a cult following and spawned video games, comic books, and musicals. Now more than 30 years later, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, the franchise’s lead actor, are backing a remake by director Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body, Juno), which will follow the original story line closely while substituting Bruce Campbell’s swarthy hero Ash for Jane Levy’s female Ash and featuring a cast of young up-and-coming actors.
To fans this is as scintillating as it is confounding: Why not a sequel? Why proverbially fix what ain’t proverbially broken? Well, if news of a remake weren’t enough, Raimi also filed a lawsuit against the production company Award Pictures for planning a sequel.