The “Evil Dead” role was highly sought after by young actors.
Helmed and penned by Fede Alvarez, the pic is a reinvention of the 1981 cult classic about a group of teens who holed up in a remote cabin who discover a Book of the Dead that unleashes demons they cannot control.
Though the plot is similar to the original, the idea is a new take, this time without the character of Ash.
Project was announced in November in a worldwide deal (excluding the U.K. and France) between Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, FilmDistrict and Ghost House Pictures. Sony Pictures will distribute.
Now that the male lead is set, the search is on for the female lead, as Lily Collins fell out after scheduling conflicts.
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Killer Films has set up “Deep Powder” with “Uptown Girls” helmer Mo Ogrodnik writing and directing.
Pam Koffler is producing through Killer with plans to shoot the film in Gotham at the end of the month. Plot details are being kept under wraps.
Fernandez is likely to shoot “Deep Powder” first with “Evil Dead” later in the year.
Fernandez recently wrapped production on indie “The East” starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page as well as “Syrup,” also starring Amber Heard.
He is repped by CAA and Untitled.