TG Daily has an interesting article on where the remake of Evil Dead will be heading (looks like alot of things will be different including the main character from a male to female).
Can Evil Dead Be Resurrected
TG Day has a quote from Rob about the series and the DVD sales:
As Rob Tapert, producer of the original Evil Dead series told me, "Evil Dead 1 sells more DVDs on a year in, year out basis than Evil Dead 2 nowadays. I think the people who like horror really like horror, and they found Evil Dead 2 too tonally challenging because it had too much humor. I think the really hardcore horror fans only want Evil Dead 1. As I've come across more and more horror fans, that seems to be a consensus.
"They want the horror, the want the unrelenting grueling horror, and they don't want the filmmaker to tell them when to laugh. If something's too gruesome, they want to decide to laugh on their own. They don't need a joke there. But as we went forward into Evil Dead 2, we thought, 'Well, they were gonna laugh, let's craft it anyways.' That became a deliberate thought, specifically with Evil Dead 2. To change the tone was a way of making it interesting."
Read the full article here