Evil Dead Rejigger Getting Rewritten By Diablo Cody – But How Rewritten?

The Evil Dead remake news keeps coming. And getting wilder.

The latest twist stymied me for a few minutes – in a good way, like the end of Unbreakable.

I really can’t put it better than the official press release, so here’s an excerpt:

[Federico] Alvarez wrote the [Evil Dead rejigger] script with Rodo Sayagues. Academy Award® winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is currently doing revisions on the draft. Ghost House is committed to renewing the franchise and has the film on the fast track.

Crikey. What kind of revisions? Sufficient enough that they’ll credit her up front, I’d guess. At the same time, I doubt it will be a page one overhaul, not from the content and emphasis present in the press release.

I rather liked Cody’s horror film, Jennifer’s Body. Or, more accurately, I really liked Jennifer’s Body on the page and thought enough of it survived the filmmaking process that, push come to shove, I’d recommend the film, flaws and all. Particularly to the teenage girl audience who, in my experience, make up most of the paying puntership for such teen body count horror films and their close cousins.

But… Jennifer’s Body was Cody’s own thing, her own idea, drawing inspiration from classic VHS-era creepshows in the service of what she wanted to say. The weaponised teenage sexuality and high-stakes, life-or-death friendship were built into the very bones of the film, not put on like lip gloss in a final redraft. The themes were what made it really special, and without that rich soil, the sass and sizzle that sprouted in the dialogue would have just seemed like so many torn-off petals tossed on the dirt.

I don’t know if we can expect for Cody to be doing a full deep-clean overhaul of the screenplay, so we’re looking to Alvarez and Sayagues to have delivered a great draft to start off with.

Oh, I do hope they’ve got the mettle.

PS – Ash, short for Ashley, can be a girl’s name too, you know…

UPDATE: Cody thinks that Alvarez’ original script is brilliant. Nice to know.

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