We finally have some solid word on the next Evil Dead movie, which has been circling a start for quite a while now.
Get ready for Evil Dead Now, a new chapter in the Sam Raimi-created franchise – and as with Fede Alvarez’s stark 2013 remake, another entry that will not feature Ashley ‘Ash’ J. Williams.
Actor Bruce Campbell spoke to Empire magazine about the upcoming film, unveiling the title, reiterating that Ash will not be in it, and also confirming who it is that will be both directing and writing: Irish filmmaker Lee Cronin, who made his debut in 2019 with the well-received The Hole in the Ground. “Sam [Raimi] handpicked Lee,” Campbell said.
Campbell described the direction of the franchise as being almost anthology-esque, saying, “From this point forward, they kind of have to stand on their own. Which is fine. And liberating.”
It also appears that Evil Dead Now will have a female protagonist – and perhaps more than one. “You could have different heroes, different heroines in this case. This one’s gonna be a little more dynamic.” Campbell added that the intent was to keep the franchise “current.” “And the mantra, really, is that our heroes and heroines are just regular people. That’s what we’re going to continue.”
Campbell starred in the first three films of the franchise: 1981’s The Evil Dead, 1987’s Evil Dead II, and 1992’s Army of Darkness. He reprised his role as Ash in Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead, which was cancelled after three seasons. In 2018, responding to fans attempting to have the series picked up elsewhere, he tweeted, “Big props to fans for the effort, but I’m retired as Ash. #timetofrysomeotherfish.”
Stay tuned for more on Evil Dead Now as it comes to light.