Ellen Page Decides She Doesn't Want to Go to Hell|
published on March 3, 2008
Less than one week after being up for an Best Actress Oscar for her performance as teen mom-to-be Juno, Ellen Page decides to not star in Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell. If you ask Ghost House Pictures and Mandate Pictures the reason why, they gave this explanation to Variety: ""We were racing to start production so that we could accommodate Ellen's schedule. But like so many other productions trying to start before the potential SAG strike date, this one needed more time, and we had to push back the start of production."
But if you ask a certain horror-centered website, you get a different story.
Bloody Disgusting broke the news first about Page dropping out of the horror film and their intel said the reason why was over the latest draft of the script. Now since the writers just went back to work on February 12, conceivably Sam and his brother Ivan could have gotten a draft done in the two weeks and change between then and when BD hearing the news. The highly dubious part of me feels that she (or her agent) got cold feet because she came that close to winning an Oscar...and do Academy Award nominated actresses attach themselves to horror movies for their next project? Yeah, that's the impression I'm left with but hey, no biggie. If Ellen doesn't or can't make the time to do it, I'm sure Raimi can slot in another actress. But he has to do it fast to meet the self-imposed deadline before studios want new movies to start filming in case a SAG strike happens on June 30.