The third movie in the Expendables series comes out at the end of summer, and, as with the previous two entries, it’s expected to be a tremendous success. We’ve already heard about the potential for at least one spin-off film in The Expendables style, the female-centric Expendabelles, which will feature a cast of kick-ass ladies from franchises across the big screen. This where Bruce Campbell comes in. The Evil Dead icon once discussed the idea of a Horror icon-version of The Expendables that would feature, among others, Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees Kane Hodder, A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Kruger Robert Englund, and, of course, The Chin himself, Bruce Campbell. (more…)
Fair warning — Bill Lustig is a personal hero.
The work Lustig has done in the arena of film preservation and presentation with his company Blue Underground (whose output has sadly slowed down to a halt recently) is top tier stuff, bringing us amazing exploitation gems that would otherwise be lost forever. It also helps that he’s made a slew of bonafide classics (fuck that condescending “cult classic” bullshit) such as Vigilante, Maniac, Relentless and, of course, the Maniac Cop films. I got to meet the big man from 42nd Street a few years back (at a 35mm screening of Maniac, after which he gave one of the best Q&As I’ve ever witnessed) and was literally shaking with excitement to get my Vigilante blu-ray signed — to the point that wife actually had to do the talking for me because I was so nervous. That’s just who I am. If Tom Hanks were to start talking to me, I’d play it completely cool. But Bill Lustig? That man’s a goddamn knee-clack-inducing legend.
All of this is a long-winded intro to the news that Maniac Cop (yes, the Larry Cohen/Robert Z’Dar collabo.) is being remade. Now, most people would be mad that one of their heroes’ best films is being redone for a new audience. But when you tell me that Lustig himself is producing, along with modern exploitation auteur Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives, Valhalla Rising), my eyes light up like stars. Now they’ve added none other than Ed Brubaker (Captain America: the Winter Solider) to script the redux, and I am literally counting the days until I can watch it.
Sometimes the Internet is a harsh mistress, raising our hopes and then laughing manically as they come crashing down around us. All we can do is pick up the pieces and move on, though sometimes the bad news is enough to scar us for life. This time the Internet brings us the horrible words of Bruce Campbell who has stated that there will be no Army of Darkness sequel. (more…)
Apparently, in real life, the boomstick is his mouth.
Bruce Campbell took to the stage at the Wizard World Nashville Comic Con on Friday, answering a direct fan question about the possibility of an Army of Darkness sequel, prompting the 55 year old big-chinned cult icon to say…
It’s been 10 years since the release of Freddy Vs Jason, the definitive face-off of two of horrors biggest icons. The film did enjoy success at the time of its release, earning just over $82 million at the domestic box office, but if it took nearly 20 years to figure out a way to get Freddy Kruger and Jason Voorhees together on the same sound stage. Figuring out what to do for sequel would have been murder (so to speak).
Producers went through various iterations, maybe Freddy and Jason would fight Pinhead next, or Michael Myers, but they eventually settled on Ash, the hero of the Evil Dead series played by Bruce Campbell. Apparently, New Line even talked to Sam Raimi and Campbell about this potential Freddy Vs Jason Vs Ash, and things seemed to progressing well, until they didn’t. So what happened? Well, Freddy himself, actor Robert Englund, shed some light on the subject while at the Nashville Comic Expo. Here’s what Englund had to say according to ComicBook.com:
To be really honest with you guys, Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash—just say that five times fast—came this close [making an inch mark with his fingers] to being made as a movie,” said Englund. “Right around the time Sam Raimi was the richest man in Hollywood after Spider-Man, he had a big meeting with Bob Shaye of New Line Cinema, the people at Time Warner, and they were thinking seriously about making it.
But I think that Sam wanted Ash to win. Well, I liked that idea actually. I had this idea for a poster with Bruce Campbell with his abs all airbrushed like for 300 with his shirt open, standing there with my head under this arm and Jason’s head under this arm, and it would say, ‘Keep the world safe from sequels.’
I’m laughing already. It’s too bad the sequel didn’t happen, I have to say. I thought Freddy Vs Jason was an enjoyably campy romp and it would have been fun to see “The Chin” get in on the action. That’s Hollywood for you though, so many missed opportunities.
Since fans and critics everywhere have all but universally declared Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead remake even Eviler and Deader than the original – not to mention pulled in a tidy $26 million for the studio over the past weekend – it comes as no surprise whatsoever that talk of a sequel, or even a whole new franchise is in the air.
Alvarez and original Evil Dead trilogy star/J.R “Bob” Dobbs avatar Bruce Campbell recently sat down with IGN and rapped about the future of the Evil Dead series. With any luck, we’ll have both a second installment of Alvarez’s Evil Dead – AND Army Of Darkness 2 to look forward to…not to mention a possible crossover between the respective fictional universes.
Let’s give ‘em a listen, shall we?
In the meantime, I’ve yet to encounter anyone who has anything negative to say about the new Evil Dead. I haven’t been fortunate enough to see it, but I hope to remedy this soon.
Evil Dead is now playing at theaters nationwide.
This weekend, at WonderCon Anaheim, Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez and producer Bruce Campbell showed off some snazzy new footage from the reboot to an eager crowed. After which, the two took to the mics and fielded some questions. In the midst of all the fanfare, one fan brought up the possibility of both the original Evil Dead and this new franchise merging. The answer was quite surprising…
Bruce directed the question to Alvarez, who said it was dream to to see the two franchises eventually merge into some form of bloody entertainment. It wouldn’t be far fetched either, as fans of both iterations of the franchise have speculated the films take place in the same universe.
According to Fede, the plan would be to develop the sequel while Sam Raimi develops Army of Darkness 2 eventually merging both Mia, the hero of the Alvarez’s Evil Dead, and Ash’s stories together.
That in itself, sounds awesome. Something to which Campbell replied:
“I think seven is a nice number.”
Currently there is no sure fire confirmation in all of this, but it would be a welcome addition to the Evil Dead history having fresh blood working alongside Ash to destroy the Necronomicon. With Sam currently writing Army of Darkness 2 this summer and Fede’s work on this reboot any future sequel Ghost House Pictures or FilmDistrict has in mind could be the start of another trilogy of proper shock and awesome.
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C’mon folks, WRAP YOUR HAMM IN BACON AND DELTA YOUR BURKE!!! (Listen to the show to get that reference.)
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With the positive Internet buzz surrounding director Fede Alvarez‘s reboot of the Evil Dead franchise Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell have been considering tackling an Evil Dead 4 / Army of Darkness 2 movie. Fans have been asking Campbell about a sequel for years and now we’ve got news that Raimi will be working on a sequel script this summer with his brother.
In a recent interview with Empire Campbell said:
“The reception to this movie [Fede Alvarez' remake] has been pretty good so far, so it encouraged Sam and I to go, ‘well crap, maybe we should dust the old chainsaw off’, ” laughs Campbell. “If this movie helps us make another Army Of Darkness – Army Of Darkness 2 – then so be it.”
Evil Dead IV, Army Of Darkness 2… however you want to slice it. It’s random ideas in Sam’s head. Let’s not go crazy here. He’s just finished doing Oz, and he’s going to take some time off and he says he’s going to work on it this summer with his brother. He could be smoking cigars at a lakeside cabin for all I know, or he might actually be working, who knows?
When asked where the movie should start:
I would think the post-Apocalyptic because it gives great possibilities for an Omega Man movie, and who he might be fighting against. It would be a very interesting world. But I’m fine either way. I’m sure Sam will concoct some ridiculous story and an outrageous journey, so I don’t really care where it starts and ends.
The fun thing is working again with Sam Raimi. That’s the only reason to do these incredibly difficult movies than work for a guy who you really like working with and who you respect.
Is Campbell planning any changes to his iconic demon fighting character?
He’d still be an idiot and a loser and a blagger,” laughs Campbell. “I look forward to him coming back and screwing things up all over again!
I’d love to see more of Ash and Campbell’s Omega Man style movie would be fantastic.
We mentioned Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead reboot and we’ve got a new Red Band clip below. It is kinda spoiler-ish though. Not that you didn’t expect everyone to get killed anyways. Take a look if you dare.
What do you think? I’m planning to see this in the theater and after watching that clip I don’t think I will drink anything before or during the movie. I don’t want to pee myself by accident.
With Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead remake fast approaching its release date, everyone ever involved with the franchise is getting harassed by fans and media who want to know more. Well, we happen to have heard a rumor or two and it looks like there could be plenty more in the future. First and foremost, Alvarez is all set to continue the story that he’s developed. Secondly, it looks like Sam Raimi, if he ever continues his own version, will be aiming at continuing Army of Darkness as opposed to the classic Evil Dead storyline.
Check it out after the jump.