Hey, fans of grisly horror movies and over-the-top blood splatters, are you looking forward to director Fede Alvarez helming another “Evil Dead” movie? Well you should probably stop waiting, because Alvarez is apparently off the sequel, and has been “for months” now.
The news of Alvarez’s non-involvement in “Evil Dead 2” comes courtesy of Rodo Sayagues, the listed co-writer of the remake (along with Alvarez). The writer recently told something called “De Película” (via Desde Hollywood) this about the upcoming sequel:
Look, I am sorry to tell you this but that movie won’t happen. Evil Dead 2 is not going to happen, at least not with us involved. We left that project many months ago because we preferred to put our energies on other things. I don’t know if the producers still have intentions of making it. But what I can tell you is that we are not part of that project.
Hint: They’re going to do a sequel. The remake made $97 million from a measly $17 million production budget, and if Sam Raimi and company know anything, it’s how to squeeze blood from a stone, and there are plenty of blood left in that “Evil Dead” stone.
I have to admit, Alvarez’s stylish direction in “Evil Dead” was definitely one of the highlights. Sure, the remake didn’t really offer anything new — except perhaps for that big survivor twist at the end — but it was pretty good fun from beginning to end, and the bloody stuff, well, those were incredibly well done. His eye for the splatter will certainly be missed.