If you were in Austin for South By Southwest over the weekend, then you might have been one of the people lining up to see Fede Alvarez’s “Evil Dead”, his reboot of Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead”. Raimi produced the remake, along with his Ghost House Pictures producing bud from his original “The Evil Dead” days, Rob Tapert.
Speaking of Tapert, the producer was at SXSW and finally provided a little clarity on that whole news about “Evil Dead 4” that Raimi recently let out of the bag, but then sort of walked back, before walking it forward again, and back … well, who isn’t confused, including Raimi himself?
Comingsoon got the chance to talk to Tapert, and the producer chimed in on the news that’s got all the horror fiends in the blogosphere abuzz:
That would be ‘Army of Darkness 2.’ Everybody calls it ‘Evil Dead 4’ but ‘Army of Darkness’ wasn’t called ‘Evil Dead’ anywhere except by the fans.
So it does appear as if Raimi is considering following up on his own “Evil Dead” franchise, and doing it parallel to the Alvarez reboot, which would be its own separate entity. Yeah, I have no idea how that would work, either, and why he would cut into the profits of one franchise at the expense of another. Could this world possibly be big enough for two “Evil Dead” franchise?
But whether they want to call it “Evil Dead 4” or “Army of Darkness 2”, that still means the return of Ash aka Bruce Campbell. So what does Campbell have to say about that? Luckily he was at SXSW too, and chimed in with this in regards to “Evil Dead 4”:
Sam threatens this every six months. I’ve heard this a thousand times, because in the back of his mind, he never wants to let go, because he loved making these movies. We all loved making them together. They were a nightmare to make, very difficult, but they lasted the test of time, so he’s not going to let that go, and I’m never going to say ‘no.’ It’ll be me and a walker fighting some other old guy. But that’s what he does and who knows? It may happen.
Sounds like Campbell has as hard a time figuring out Sam Raimi’s intentions toward his original “Evil Dead” franchise as the rest of us. Something tells me I don’t think even Raimi knows what the heck he’s going to do with it, if anything.
Meanwhile, they’re already working on a sequel to the reboot. Yes, I bet you didn’t see that coming, huh?