Sam Raimi Updates Spider-Man 4, More Evil Dead Promises

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Between you and me and the three other guys who read this site regularly, let me confess that I’ve just about given up on an “Evil Dead 4″. At this point, I think it’s very obvious that Raimi just doesn’t have the passion for the franchise anymore, even though he keeps talking about making it when he has the time. Alas, that time is nowhere in sight, as he just wrapped “Drag me to Hell” and according to Raimi himself, “Spider-Man 4″ is somewhere on the horizon with a February 2010 start date. I suppose he could direct something between then and now, but a movie as huge as “Spider-Man 4″ will probably require at least six months of prep time.

Speaking to the LATimes, Raimi said this about Spidey 4:

The next installment beings shooting, I believe, in February 2010. As far as we’re concerned, that’s no time left because they need so much time to work on the screenplay, casting is long, the storyboarding and the shots are very, very complicated. There’s a lot of animation, there’s a lot of character design, costume design. It’s like making an animated film and a live-action film. I’ll just barely be ready.

On “Evil Dead 4″:

I would like to make “Evil Dead 4” with Bruce Campbell. I’ve said that before in an interview, and the fans sometimes say, “Why does he keep opening his big mouth about it and then not do anything about it?” So, I’m hesitant but — between you and me and just the people who read the L.A. Times — I’d still like to do that at some point. I do want to make it down the line.

Raimi also reiterates that he plans to remake the first “Evil Dead” with a young filmmaker behind the camera, while he will produce. Which is kind of odd: why would he still plan to do a fourth “Evil Dead” movie if he’s also planning to remake the first one? Wouldn’t the two existing cause some kind of rift in the space-time continuum? Methinks so.

Below: The first “Evil Dead”? Romantic comedy. With demons.

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    Evil Dead 4, confirmed by Sam Raimi, script by Sam and brother Ivan, Bruce Campbell reprising the role of Ash. Search IMDb for updates, or ask Sam.

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    Evil Dead 4, confirmed by Sam Raimi, script by Sam and brother Ivan, Bruce Campbell reprising the role of Ash. Search IMDb for updates, or ask Sam.

  • MDPD60

    Sam Raimi has to remake Evil Dead, because it is an inferior film to Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. It was meant to be just scary, but came across as lame. The special effects for it were very weak as well. While Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness were successful as Horror/Comedies with sometimes cheesy, but far superior FX than the 1st film. As for Evil dead 4… The real life Bruce is getting pretty old (51 going on 52), if Sam is ever going to pull the Trigger on it,… it better be soon before Bruce is too old to do it..

    Off topic a bit-

    Bruce Campbell’s Top 10 Movie roles (both Cameo and Star/Lead roles)

    1.) Army of Darkness
    2.) Bubba Ho-tep
    3.) Evil Dead 2
    4.) My Name is Bruce
    5.) Sky High
    6.) Spiderman
    7.) Spiderman 2
    8.) Spiderman 3
    9.) Congo
    10.) Darkman

  • MDPD60

    Sam Raimi has to remake Evil Dead, because it is an inferior film to Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. It was meant to be just scary, but came across as lame. The special effects for it were very weak as well. While Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness were successful as Horror/Comedies with sometimes cheesy, but far superior FX than the 1st film. As for Evil dead 4… The real life Bruce is getting pretty old (51 going on 52), if Sam is ever going to pull the Trigger on it,… it better be soon before Bruce is too old to do it..

    Off topic a bit-

    Bruce Campbell’s Top 10 Movie roles (both Cameo and Star/Lead roles)

    1.) Army of Darkness
    2.) Bubba Ho-tep
    3.) Evil Dead 2
    4.) My Name is Bruce
    5.) Sky High
    6.) Spiderman
    7.) Spiderman 2
    8.) Spiderman 3
    9.) Congo
    10.) Darkman

  • Scott

    Why remake Evil Dead 1 when it’s already been done? For those not keeping track, Evil Dead 2 WAS a remake of the first Evil Dead.

    Bring on Evil Dead 4, and base it off the original ending (where Ash “sleeps too long” and wakes in an apocalyptic future).

    • http://www.myspace.com/derrick_rS Derrick

      Scott- yes. That’s definitely where you pick up with the story. Just for shits and grins, I started writing a screenplay to humor myself what I’d expect to happen if the story continued. Of course, I didn’t get very far, as with everything I do. But, I thought I did a decent job- cheesy dialogue and all (though some… okay… most of it was unintentionally cheesy). Basically, the premise of the story would be that the majority of the world was overrun by the Evil Dead- a plague, if you will. Set in the somewhat-not-too-distant future, Ash sets off to find other surviving humans- in this case the remainder of civilization that has built a high-tech walled refuge to defend themselves from the deadites. Anticipating an organized attack from the evil dead, Ash enlightens everyone about the Necronomicon and that it was somehow responsible for everything. Because of his knowledge about the situation (albeit very limited knowledge), Ash is put in charge, quite against his will, as an advisor to help lead an expedition to seek and retrieve the Necronomicon.

      • Stiv

        Your ‘Screenplay’ you idiot is pretty much the same as Army of Darkness.
        Not very original.
        Back to the drawing board for you, or better idea just stick to watching the films…

  • Scott

    Why remake Evil Dead 1 when it’s already been done? For those not keeping track, Evil Dead 2 WAS a remake of the first Evil Dead.

    Bring on Evil Dead 4, and base it off the original ending (where Ash “sleeps too long” and wakes in an apocalyptic future).

    • http://www.myspace.com/derrick_rS Derrick

      Scott- yes. That’s definitely where you pick up with the story. Just for shits and grins, I started writing a screenplay to humor myself what I’d expect to happen if the story continued. Of course, I didn’t get very far, as with everything I do. But, I thought I did a decent job- cheesy dialogue and all (though some… okay… most of it was unintentionally cheesy). Basically, the premise of the story would be that the majority of the world was overrun by the Evil Dead- a plague, if you will. Set in the somewhat-not-too-distant future, Ash sets off to find other surviving humans- in this case the remainder of civilization that has built a high-tech walled refuge to defend themselves from the deadites. Anticipating an organized attack from the evil dead, Ash enlightens everyone about the Necronomicon and that it was somehow responsible for everything. Because of his knowledge about the situation (albeit very limited knowledge), Ash is put in charge, quite against his will, as an advisor to help lead an expedition to seek and retrieve the Necronomicon.

  • David

    Just for reference Evil Dead 2 was not a remake of Evil Dead 1. they couldn’t get the rights for some footage from ED 1, so they redid the beginning sequence without the other characters other than ash and his girlfriend. Sam wanted to use the AOD idea in ED 2, but didn’t have enough funding. Therefore they came up with a new idea for ED 2, and did AOD as the third film. ED 1 effects werent lame they were actually done quite well for a movie made in the late 1970’s with a low budget. ED 2 only had a $3,000,000 budget made in the mid 1980’s. Either way Sam has to do ED 4 to wrap up the films and give his fans some closure.

    • http://www.myspace.com/derrick_r Derrick

      Ask Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, read their books, watch the movies, listen to the commentary- Evil Dead 2 was pretty much a remake of Evil Dead. They had more money to make it look better, and add a couple things. The story is pretty much the same. Stop playing devil’s advocate.

  • David

    Just for reference Evil Dead 2 was not a remake of Evil Dead 1. they couldn’t get the rights for some footage from ED 1, so they redid the beginning sequence without the other characters other than ash and his girlfriend. Sam wanted to use the AOD idea in ED 2, but didn’t have enough funding. Therefore they came up with a new idea for ED 2, and did AOD as the third film. ED 1 effects werent lame they were actually done quite well for a movie made in the late 1970’s with a low budget. ED 2 only had a $3,000,000 budget made in the mid 1980’s. Either way Sam has to do ED 4 to wrap up the films and give his fans some closure.

    • http://www.myspace.com/derrick_r Derrick

      Ask Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, read their books, watch the movies, listen to the commentary- Evil Dead 2 was pretty much a remake of Evil Dead. They had more money to make it look better, and add a couple things. The story is pretty much the same. Stop playing devil’s advocate.

  • ulik

    I think that in Spider-Man 4 Raimi has plenty of room for his horror skills to put to use with The Lizard, Man-Spider(buried alive) & Kraven The Hunter. All this talk about The Vulture and The Vultress is stupid as hell. The Vulture should be in Spider-Man 6 as a member of The Sinister Six only. Spider-Man 4 has the potential to be scary while not too scary for the kids.

  • ulik

    I think that in Spider-Man 4 Raimi has plenty of room for his horror skills to put to use with The Lizard, Man-Spider(buried alive) & Kraven The Hunter. All this talk about The Vulture and The Vultress is stupid as hell. The Vulture should be in Spider-Man 6 as a member of The Sinister Six only. Spider-Man 4 has the potential to be scary while not too scary for the kids.