It’s one thing when a site like ours reports on an upcoming film based on fifth-hand rumor and wishful thinking–when the word comes down that such news is pure moonshine, we have no one but ourselves to blame.
HOWEVER, when a filmmaker is directly quoted saying work is about to begin on a long-awaited sequel to the popular franchise he created, it’s perfectly reasonable for us (and our colleagues) to report on it as credible news….And perhaps I speak only for myself, but seeing this same director backpedal when asked further questions regarding the film he just told everyone he was making is more than a little annoying.
Take a look at Raimi’s attempt at retconning his own assertion:
“Those guys made me say that. I am thinking about it but a crowd goes ‘Come on Sam, do it!”’ so I said ‘Okay, I guess I was talking to my brother about it’ But I feel like I was pushed into saying that, a little bit. In the hallway today I joked with Ivan ‘Get working on that script!’ but I really don’t know. I’m afraid that every time I talk about it people get really mad at me when I don’t follow through with it. I would like to work on the script over the summer, that much is true. But the reason to come back and do it again is only that they’re making me, those fans. I was saying to Ivan ‘Why do they stay on this thing? Why do they keep at it?’ and he said ‘They want to make a movie. You’re a filmmaker and your fans are asking you to make the movie. What are you, an idiot? Make the movie!’ I guess there’s something I don’t see. It makes sense when Ivan says it… but I didn’t have a tremendous amount of passion until right now to bring to it. I love working with Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert, I have so much fun making those movies, so… but the fans are really forcing me into it.”
“FORCING” you, Sam? Were they armed? Explain to me how you just didn’t have the heart to disappoint your fans by admitting there are no plans to begin work on Evil Dead 4….but you were perfectly comfortable with jerking their collective chain (and making fansite journalists look like idiots) with a load of pure bullshit?
Folks say things they wish they could take back every day–nobody’s perfect…and I can understand how, in the moment, with so many people egging him on, Raimi could let something like that slip.
BUT, when he was called on it–the decent, mature thing to do would have been to admit the mistake and apologize: Not BLAME YOUR OWN FANS for your fuck-up. 🙁