Park Chan-wook (Old Boy) is being approached to direct Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead remake, but apparently he is far from interested.
“…we did approach him, but I don’t think it was right for him,” Raimi tells Empire Online. “I don’t want to put words into his mouth, but he was either too busy or not interested. But that didn’t bear fruit and we’re now trying to find the next person who would bring something strikingly original to it with their vision and talent.”
Raimi is still very adamant that there are great reasons to remake Evil Dead.
“I don’t look at it as anything sacred. I’m glad that it has fans and I appreciate them. They sure are a diehard bunch and I don’t want to anger them or displease them,” he told the site. “But I never felt that in remaking a film, you take anything away from the original. But I felt the film could be better, and certainly the narrative and the characterisation and the dialogue could be better in the first Evil Dead.
“Yes, a lot of its power lied in its crudeness,” he continued, “but it could still be more than that. And it’s kinda exciting for me to see what it would become in the hands of a really fine director and not just a kid learning how to direct a picture.”
Raimi also had something to say to fans hoping that Evil Dead 4, with Bruce Campbell back as Ash, would release in 2006. “There’s no script for it yet, so I don’t know that.”