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Lily Collins In Talks For New Evil Dead Role

Horror movie remakes? Yawn. Horror movies remade with gender reversals? That sounds a little more interesting. Horror movie remakes with gender reversals starring a genuine up-and-coming talent with a script revised by a lady who knows how not to write smart girl roles? Yes, please! That’s why we’re intrigued by the report from that Lily Collins is in talks to star in the new Evil Dead movie, in the role that’s kind of based on the character Ash originated by Bruce Campbell in the Sam Raimi flicks.

And yeah, that’s the very same Evil Dead, due out in April 2013, whose script was recently revised by Diablo Cody. According to Bloody Disgusting, Lily would play Mia, a girl who’s staying in a remote cabin with friends who are helping her detox after a recent drug overdose. “She begins acting insane, so it comes as no surprise that nobody believes her crazy claims of coyote dogs and trees attacking her!” B-D reports. What’s actually happening, of course, is that a demonic force has been unleashed from a Book of the Dead in the house. Oops!

We like the idea of how diverse Lily’s career is looking so far. From Abduction to Mirror, Mirror to The Mortal Instruments to Evil Dead. We’re just crossing our fingers that filming for this one doesn’t interfere with the first TMI movie, City of Bones, which should begin sometime later this year.

[Photos: Getty Images, Renaissance Pictures]


Spider-Man 4 Cancelled, Series To Restart Without Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire

Sony’s Columbia Pictures has decided to scrap Spider-Man 4, scheduled for 2011, after more than two years of pre-production. Instead, the studio will reboot the series entirely, jettisoning director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire. “Peter Parker is going back to high school when the next Spider-Man hits theaters in the summer of 2012. Says the company’s statement, “[Columbia and Marvel Studios] are moving forward with a film based on a script by James Vanderbilt that focuses on a teenager grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises.”

This isn’t the first time an action franchise has wiped the slate clean, but it usually happens years after a flop like Batman & Robin or Superman IV: The Quest For Peace. But Spider-Man 3 made almost $900 million worldwide less than three years ago. So what happened?

While Raimi is polite in the studio’s press release (“While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction”) it’s known he was clashing with the studio over the planned sequel’s cast—he wanted to use winged criminal The Vulture (think John Malkovich), they wanted sexy seductress The Black Cat (think Anne Hathaway). Raimi had been averse to using Venom in Spidey 3, and while the film was a hit, some fans didn’t appreciate Raimi’s love of dance sequences and old-timey melodrama. Since Maguire, Raimi and co-star Kirsten Dunst were an all-for-one/one-for-all team, Sony must have decided they’d be better off without them. Following the massive success of Avatar, some are even speculating James Cameron (who campaigned for the franchise before Raimi got the nod) may take over to bring the character into 3D. Truth is, they might need a director that exciting to make up for this bad buzz.

[Photo: Sony Pictures]

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Birth Dating: Who’s Older? Sam Raimi Or Ang Lee?

Twenty years ago, Sam Raimi was directing cheap horror films like Evil Dead II. Ang Lee was a house-husband in Taiwan who couldn’t sell a screenplay. Today, Raimi helms the billion-making Spider-Man series and Lee has an Oscar for directing Brokeback Mountain. Both were born on October 23rd. Which one is older?

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