"Lensing Underway in New Zealand for "EVIL DEAD
EVIL DEAD remake reunites originators Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell
LOS ANGELES, May 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Principal photography has begun on EVIL DEAD, in Auckland, New Zealand and will wrap in early July 2012.
Ghost House Pictures is producing the much anticipated remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 cult-hit horror film THE EVIL DEAD; the film that effectively launched the careers of Sam Raimi (SPIDER-MAN franchise); Rob Tapert (30 Days of Night) and Bruce Campbell who played the Ash character and was Co-Producer of the original, now brings them back to produce an EVIL DEAD for today's audience that's high on the horror, gore, plot twists and more from a screenplay written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues. Executive Producers are J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane, Joseph Drake and Peter Schlessel.
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.
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.
A core cast of young, fresh talent includes Jane Levy (Suburgatory) as Mia; Shiloh Fernandez (Deadgirl, Red Riding Hood) as David; Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers) as Eric; Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) as Olivia and Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker) as Natalie.
"This cast of burgeoning talent share the same spirit we had when creating the original," says Tapert. "The desire to deliver an unexpected and outrageously scary movie experience for the audience."
EVIL DEAD marks director Fede Alvarez' feature debut. Originally from Uruguay, Alvarez studied filmmaking and communications, later opening his own production and post production company. In 2005 he won a scholarship to complete a masters in screenwriting in Amsterdam. In November 2009, he posted his four-minute short Panic Attack!, which became an instant viral internet phenomenon prompting intense interest from Hollywood and Ghost House Pictures in particular.
"We found a brilliant artist in Fede Alvarez. As a director, he understands what makes a story work and how to put the pieces together," says Raimi. "I'm really excited to see this story, that I care deeply about, retold by such a fine storyteller."
About Ghost House Pictures
Ghost House Pictures was formed as a joint venture between filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake creating a production label dedicated to the financing, development and release of films in the horror thriller genre. The company has achieved success with five consecutive #1 releases distributed by Sony Pictures, starting with the 2004 remake of The Grudge, which has grossed over $188 million worldwide; Stephen T. Kay's Boogeyman released in February 2005; The Grudge 2, which opened at number one in October 2006; The Messengers, from acclaimed filmmakers Oxide and Danny Pang, released in February 2007; and David Slade's 30 Days of Night released in October 2007. In May 2009, Universal Pictures released Drag Me To Hell which was written and directed by Sam Raimi. Upcoming releases include The Possession, which will be distributed by Lionsgate Entertainment in North America on August 31, 2012.
FilmDistrict is a multi-faceted acquisitions, distribution, and financing company focusing on wide release, commercial pictures. The company's upcoming releases include "Safety Not Guaranteed," June 8, 2012, "Looper," September 28, 2012, "Red Dawn," November 21, 2012, "Playing the Field," December 25, 2012, and "Parker," January 25, 2013. The company recently announced plans to develop a sequel to "Insidious."
SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 142 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.
SOURCE Sony Pictures Entertainment