Producer Don Carmody told Screen International that Evil Dead: The Musical's Off-Broadway co-directors, Christopher Bond and Hinton Battle, have signed on to re-create their work for a 3-D screen adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical.
Carmody hopes to begin filming in the spring of 2009, reuniting members of the original cast. The producer said that rights issues must still be ironed out before filming begins.
William Franzblau and Jeffrey Latimer, who were among the producers of Evil Dead Off-Broadway, are reportedly at work on the upcoming film.
Evil Dead: The Musical began its life in workshop engagements at Toronto's Transac Club before the work moved to Montreal's Cabaret du Plateau as part of the 2004 Just For Laughs Festival. The production played 160 performances Off-Broadway at New World Stages from Oct. 2, 2006-Feb. 17, 2007.
Evil Dead features book and lyrics by George Reinblatt, music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and Reinblatt. Songs in the production include "All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons," "Look Who's Evil Now" and "Do the Necronomicon." "Evil Dead: The Musical, according to Off-Broadway press notes, "unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive."
Original Off-Broadway cast members included Ryan Ward (as Ash), Jennifer Byrne (Linda), Jenna Coker (Cheryl), Christy McIntosh (Annie/ Shelly), Tom Walker (Ed/ Moose), Brandon Wardell (Scott), Ryan Williams (Fake Shemp) and Darryl Winslow (Jake).