Evil Never Dies

A Conversation With Executive Producer Mark Wolper

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Q: What are you trying to accomplish with this movie?

A: We’re going to make you believe we can bring a man back to life. And when we do it, we’re going to make you believe that the ramifications of that are not always what you think they are. Things are never the way you think they are. The impossible is not impossible.

Q: To what genre do you think EVIL NEVER DIES belongs?

A: The great thing about EVIL NEVER DIES is that you can’t pigeon-hole it. It’s a thriller. It’s a modern-day horror piece. It’s an adventure. It’s a love story. It’s just a great ride.

Q: How realistic do you think this story is?

A: There is a reason we’re making this movie now and not 10 to 15 years ago. Ten years ago, I’m not sure you could convince an audience that you could bring a man back to life. Today, we’re talking in America and around the world about stem-cell research, DNA, regenerating cells, cloning, etc. Only now could we convince an audience that bringing someone back to life is plausible.

Q: What was the stylistic approach to making this movie?

A: We didn’t want this movie to be an over-the-top horror film. We wanted it to be edgy, dark and realistic.

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Q: What made you choose Thomas Gibson for the lead role?

A: In casting this movie, we didn’t want to cast an actor in the lead role who might be connected with a B-movie image. We needed someone who would give this movie some realism. With Thomas Gibson, here is a man who has done movies like Far and Away and Eyes Wide Shut, yet he’s also done Dharma & Greg. So he captures all of the elements we needed for our lead character.

Q: What was the biggest challenge in creating this movie’s laboratory set?

A: In keeping with the premise of this movie, it’s important that we make the audience believe that you can really bring someone back from the dead. And to do that, you’ve got to have some pretty cool equipment. We’ve gone to a lot of expense and a lot of time preparing the set using the latest information from scientists we’ve contacted. We’ve put together what we think is a pretty feasible way to bring someone back to life.

Q: What should audiences expect from this movie?

A: This is a great popcorn thrill ride. Is it Gone with the Wind or Casablanca? I don’t think so. Is it a movie you’re going to sit down and have a great time watching? Absolutely.