So – last summer Sam Raimi said that he was working on a brand new Evil Dead project, and in October Bruce Campbell mentioned that Raimi had hand-picked a “new filmmaker” to take over directing duties.
News was quiet for a while, but the other day, during an Ask-Me-Anything chat on ‘Reddit’ tonight in promotion of the new incarnation of The Grudge, Raimi was asked about the franchise, and responded with:
“Bruce, Rob Tapert and I are working with a young filmmaker who is writing a new Evil Dead story that he will direct”.
This ties in with what he said last year, but he went on to say:
“As for me, I would love to direct a new Evil Dead movie but I’d really like to do it with Bruce. And he says he’s retired the character. I hope not.”
Campbell has stated quite firmly that he’s retired the character of Ash, but it seems that Raimi hopes that he’ll change his mind. Ummmm. And then, when someone asked whether or not the 2013 remake of the original 1984 film will ever be getting a sequel, he replied:
“If Fede would write or direct it, yes, in a split second!”
In an ideal world this means that we could get no less than three new Evil Dead films. But I think that’s unlikely. I can’t see Campbell changing his mind, and Fede Alvarez has expressed mild interest but that’s all. But one new film is most definitely in the works right now, and will probably be a brand Evil Dead tale, which is still rather – groovy.