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.
With the positive Internet buzz surrounding director Fede Alvarez‘s reboot of the Evil Deadfranchise 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 EmpireCampbell 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.
Director Fede Alvarez‘s Evil Dead reboot of the Sam Rami horror classic has it’s second television spot hitting the small screen as well as the Internet today. We’ve got the video and a look at people’s reactions to the first television spot.
“In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.”
Evil Dead shocks it’s way onto theater screens on April 5th and stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Elizabeth Blackmore and Jessica Lucas.
We’ll start with the new TV spot so you can check out the newest footage.
Here’s a look at how people are reacting to the first Evil Dead TV spot.
What do you think? I wasn’t very interested when word first came out about the reboot and that Bruce Campbell wasn’t starring in the flick somewhere. The more I see of this remake though, the more excited I am to go see this movie in the theater. Audience reaction is a major part of my enjoyment of seeing a good horror movie in the theater. This movie looks to be a real shocker. Will you be screaming in the theater seat behind me?
There is a lot of discussion on whether a remake of Evil Dead is what the world really needs. The original film has become such a cult classic that to reboot it is considered by many to be nothing short of blasphemy. But still, it has happened and the new flick is almost finished shooting.
The only saving grace in the project (and perhaps the only reason many will go to see it) is that Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell have been involved with the production. Now, Raimi and Campbell, during a recent interview with MTV at Comic-Con, have officially endorsed the new film
Raimi had this to say:
I just think Fede Alvarez has really made a great horror movie. It’s scary. The actors are great in it. It’s really gut-wrenching, real low budget and intense.
And Bruce Campbell added his own opinion:
You can expect to have a damn scary horror movie. There’s no Ash character — The Evil Book is going to torment a new set of kids, so it’s a remake, or a re-imagining or … a re-whatever word you want to use. It’s going to be re-scary.
Supposedly, this film will be a massive gore-fest and a little bit closer to what Raimi had intended the original to be. Of course, this means that it will fall short of being the campy and comedic horror flick that we have grown to know and love over the years.
Hopefully, Raimi and Campbell are speaking from their hearts and not from their wallets on this one. I will be there to check it out regardless. What about the rest of you die-hard Evil Dead fanatics?
The Evil Dead reboot is on the way and Sam Raimi is sitting in the production chair, making sure that everything comes out fine in the end. This means that he’s ok with the new film and supportive of the efforts to remake one of his classics. One thing Raimi is not ok with is another production company looking to make Evil Dead 4 without his permission.
The proposed fourth installment of the franchise is being put together by Award Pictures and is titled Evil Dead 4: Consequences. It has connections to neither the original creators nor cult-icon Bruce Campbell. Just those simple facts make the likelihood of it succeeding pretty much impossible. But Raimi and his company, Renaissance Pictures, want to make sure that it never even gets made.
So how do the big-wigs at Award Pictures justify this blatant ripping of someone else’s creative property? Well, apparently Raimi made a statement around 12 years ago that went something like this:
“We’re never going to do a sequel.”
And the lawyers at Award are saying that those words really mean this:
“This statement is a public declaration by the defendant that the defendant abandoned the alleged ‘mark,’ Evil Dead, decades ago,”
Wtf? Seriously, just because Raimi didn’t want to do any more sequels, he loses his rights? What about all the other Evil Dead crap that still hits market? What about the video games and toys and, well, the bloody reboot?
It all sounds like a bunch of legal-loophole crap to me, and hopefully those who get to make the final decision in the matter will see it much the same. Although with the back-asswards legal system inAmerica, you never know if these wankers will come out on top.
And now, moving on to a subject that has no legal issues surrounding it – the Evil Dead reboot is officially shooting. The latest word is that principal photography has begun and is expected to be completed sometime in July.
The new film is said to be pretty much the same thing as the original, though with a more realistic angle. They’ve even gone so far as to bring on relatively unknown actors, despite the fact that there is probably a small horde of well-known actors who would give their right hand to get a piece of this cult action.
For those that haven’t seen the original (poor bastards), it’s basically a story about five people stuck in a cabin in the woods (not to be confused with the recent Joss Whedon film) that unlock an ancient evil, get possessed by demons and start killing each other.
It sounds like pretty basic horror stuff, but it was Raimi’s “unique” style that turned the film into the cult classic that it is today and spawned two sequels (not three). Raimi and Campbell are onboard with the sequel in a production capacity, lending their hands and heads to make sure it doesn’t turn out like crap, so hopefully the new version will be something to look forward to.
The Evil Dead reboot is expected to hit theaters April 12 of next year.