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'The Evil Dead' remake update: Raimi and Campbell are on board, but no Ash

Fans of The Evil Dead, I have some interesting news for you. First, Sam Raimi, creator of the original 1981 The Evil Dead, is involved in the upcoming remake of the film, scheduled for 2013. Sadly, the 2013 version does not include the beloved and darkly heroic Ash, originally played by Bruce Campbell.

Other than the removal of the iconic protagonist, the synopsis of the remake stays pretty close to the original. Here’s the plot, according to the Independent Film and Television Alliance:

“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.”

Oh, except for the drugs. Bloody Disgusting uncovered this twist:

“The “new spin” is the motivation behind the trip, with the lead character taking his younger sister to the family’s cabin to help her kick her drug addiction. Without her drugs she becomes insane and difficult to control, which makes it impossible to see that she’s actually possessed.”

Although Bruce Campbell obviously won’t be reprising his role, he is reported to be making a cameo in the remake and as only positive things to tweet about the Fede Alvarez directed flick.

Removing Ash from the movie might be for the best. There’s no way to find anyone that can embody the character like Bruce Campbell, so why try? The remake may be better off with a new hero. What do you think?

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