Interview: Fede Alvarez, Director of ‘Evil Dead’

Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Bruce Campbell, Diablo Cody, Elizabeth Blackmore, Evil Dead, Fede Alvarez, Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci, philadelphia, Sam Raimi, Shiloh Fernandez, Tags, The Pretentious Film Majors

Back in January of last year, it was announced that Sam Raimi’s cult classic horror film ‘Evil Dead’ was being remade by a first-time director from Uruguay with a script by ‘Juno’ writer Diablo Cody. Not too many people were happy about that. However, now that the film has opened in theaters everywhere, everyone seems to be singing the praises for this remake. (I know that’s what I did in my review over at ScienceFiction.com.)

Since I loved the movie so much, I was extremely excited when this interview came up. Recently, while he was in Philadelphia to promote the upcoming film, I had the pleasure of chatting with director Fede Alvarez. In this short interview, I was able to ask him a few questions about how involved Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and company were in the creative process, exactly how Diablo Cody factored into the final product, and the future of the ‘Evil Dead’ franchise, including the potential fourth movie from the originators.

Check out the interview in the video below, courtesy of The Pretentious Film Majors:

In addition to talking about the film itself, we talked a little bit about Philadelphia and it’s strong history in cinema. Prior to sitting down with all the press here in the City of Brotherly Love, Alvarez shared with me that he made sure to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is famously seen in Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Rocky’.

But back to the movie, I really liked what he had to say about the future of his series and the possibility for a crossover between Alvarez’s and Raimi’s stories. There’s some excellent potential in a story like that, but maybe after this new version gets it’s supposed sequel off the ground.

Are you excited about the new ‘Evil Dead’ hitting theaters over the weekend? Do you find that you’re still skeptical about whether or not this will live up to the original? And what did you think about the things that Fede Alvarez had to say in the interview? Let us know what you think by sending us a tweet at us at @PhillyFilmSoc or by leaving us a comment on our Facebook page.

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