Evil Dead 4 to be a 3D Musical?

Rumors about a fourth film in Sam Raimi’s cult Evil Dead franchise have been going around for so many years, and have popped up with so much regularity, you just know it’s gonna happen some day. Raimi confirmed a sequel was en route at this year’s Comic-Con and now, word has it that the new movie will be a 3D adapatation of Evil Dead: The Musical, co-directed with the stage show’s helmer, Christopher Bond.

While the musical is basically a loose retelling of the trilogy’s events, I’m sure they could rework it as a sequel (and anyway, don’t a lot of people claim Evil Dead 2 is a remake of The Evil Dead?). No, things look sour because Bond apparently wants the stage actors to reprise their roles for the film version, whereas every Evil Dead fanboy is screaming for Bruce Campbell to reprise his signature Ash Williams role.

Filming is likely to begin in Spring 2009.

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Original team back for Spider-Man 4 and 5!!! Also, Venom news

It’s official, director Sam Raimi and lead actor Tobey Maguire will return for the next two Spider-Man movies, which may even shoot back-to-back! Kirsten Dunst, who plays the hero’s love interest Mary Jane Watson, is not locked in but she’s expected to return as well (it’s not like she has anything else going on right now). Earlier this week, Bryce Dallas Howard expressed interest in returning as Gwen Stacy, the competing love interest she played in Spider-Man 3 (more on that here). My advice, kill off Kirsten in the opening credits, continue with Bryce.

As for the villain, though it hasn’t been officially announced, most people believe it will be The Lizard, as his human persona was featured in the two previous movies (played by Dylan Bakers).  But then again, most people thought The Lizard would be the third movie’s villain. James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) has been writing the films, the first of which will come out in May 2011.

In related news, a Venom spin-off is still planned, and Topher Grace, the actor who portrayed him in Spider-Man 3, will most likely star despite previous reports to the contrary. It is unknown as to when a Venom movie can be expected. Also, what would Venom do on his own?

Finally, that Spider-Man 4 auction ended at a whooping 28100 dollars. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Read this.

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Bryce, James, and Sam discuss Spider-Man 4

Actress Bryce Dallas Howard, who played the part of Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man 3, would love to be back for the fourth outing of the web-slinger’s franchise, but understands if they leave her out of it.

“You know, honestly, I would love to be apart of any continuation of the franchise. But, I also really understand that there’s so many different story lines that the fans are really excited to see, and the studio, and the producers, and the filmmakers really need to appease everyone,” the actress said. “Whether or not Gwen Stacy comes back, I mean, I wish it was up to me, but it’s not. But yes, if they’d call me, I’d be there in a heart beat.”

As for James Cromwell, who played her father in the film, he believes their characters should appear at the beginning of the film, only to immediately perish (huh?). Finally, Sam Raimi, director of the three previous films, has stated that he would definitely love to be part of Spider-Man 4 in some capacity, but didn’t elaborate as to what capacity he was referring to.

Spider-Man 4 is being written by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) and will pave the way for two more movies in the popular franchise. The rest of the cast and crew are unknown at this point, but hero Tobey Maguire expects he’ll be back if Sam Raimi is directing again and heroine Kirsten Dunst believes the film can’t possibly be a success if she’s not in it (yeah, right). My advice? Do the opposite of the the comics: kill off Kirsten Dunst and keep Bryce Dalls Howard. The movie will come out in 2011.

By the way, you still have more than three days to buy your way into the film, with the auction currently at 5501,99 American dollars (more on that here)

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You can be in Spider-Man 4…for a few grand that is

If you’re a Spider-Man fan, have a few grand to spare and want to help the fight against cancer, this may just be your lucky day! Indeed, Sony Pictures is offering you the opportunity to buy a “Spider-Man 4 VIP Experience” on eBay, with 100% of the profits going to the “Stand Up To Cancer” organization. Here’s what the VIP Experience looks like:

  • A visit to the set of Spider-Man 4 (one shooting day)
    • Location of visit will be determined by Sony Pictures based on scheduling of visit
  • A meet and greet with the cast (1 hour)
  • A walk-on/ extra role in the film for the auction winner only
    • Role and length of screen time to be determined by Sony Pictures
  • Trip to the New York premiere
    • Location of American premiere may be changed at Sony Pictures’ discretion
  • Designer outfits to wear to premiere for winner and guest from top designers
    • Designers to be chosen by Sony Pictures
    • Winner and guest may keep the outfits
  • Winner and Guest will walk the premiere’s red carpet
  • If interested, you can find the auction, which is currently at 5100 American Dollars and ends on September 5th, here.

    Spider-Man 4 is expected to be released in 2011. James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) is writing the screenplay, which he says will pave the way for two more films. It is unclear whether director Sam Raimi or any of the original cast will return at this time.

    Sam Raimi throws hissy-fit, demands James Franco be cast as Jack Ryan

    Sam Raimi, who’s apparently attached to direct the next Jack Ryan movie, is reportedly in a feud with Paramount over who to cast in the lead role. Basically, Sam wants James Franco and Paramount doesn’t, believing him to be too frail. Ryan Gosling was the last actor rumored for the role, and what you’re telling me he’s more buff than Franco? Raimi, who directed Franco in all three Spider-Man films is supposedly threatening to quit the movie should he not have his way.

    Should he be cast, James Franco would be the fourth actor to portray novelist Tom Clancy’s popular hero after Alec Baldwin (The Hunt For Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum Of All Fears). Personally, I think Franco could pull it off, but the real question is why is Paramount having so much trouble with this franchise? All the Jack Ryan movies have been well received and they’ve all made good money at the box-office. Why didn’t Ben Affleck get recast for a movie that could have come out three years ago? And, more shockingly, why does Paramount apparently want to go with an original Jack Ryan story instead of using all the books they have left?

    Jack Ryan books which haven’t been adapted yet: Red Rabbit, The Cardinal Of The Kremlin, Debt Of Honor, Executive Orders, Rainbow Six, The Bear And The Dragon… What gives?

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