Okay, we’ve had this hype built up before, but maybe there’s something more substantial in the works here?
Some potentially good news for those after more adventures with Ash following the cancellation of Ash vs. Evil Dead. There are discussions currently underway regarding a new Evil Dead film, talks that include Ash star Bruce Campbell.
Raimi, director of the original horror trilogy and a producer of both the series and the 2013 movie, has told Bloody Disgusting that there may still be life in the franchise. “We’d like to make another Evil Dead feature and in fact we’re working on some ideas right now,” Raimi has confirmed. As for what exactly those plans are, he isn’t very clear.
“I’d love to make another one,” Raimi said. “I don’t think TV is in its future, but we’re talking about – Bruce [Campbell], Rob [Tapert, producer] and myself – one or two different ways to go for the next movie.”
So, they could be crafting another Evil Dead movie with Bruce Campbell’s Ash, or another film that follows on from the path that director Fede Alvarez took with his 2013 film.
“Big props to fans for the effort,” read a tweet Campbell sent out to fans trying to get Ash vs. Evil Dead renewed by Starz for another season earlier this year, “but I’m retired as Ash. #timetofrysomeotherfish.”
While Raimi certainly sounds keen on another Campbell-starring outing, he says he’s open to different possibilities. “I would be thrilled if Bruce Campbell changed his mind about retirement, would come back for the original Evil Dead line. But if not, I’m very happy to work with, if Fede would come back and make the sequel… but he’s such a big shot now. He’s so successful, an artist in demand, that I don’t think he’d want to do that.”
Alvarez broke out with his Evil Dead and followed it up with the acclaimed thriller Don’t Breathe and the 2018 Dragon Tattoo entry The Girl in the Spider’s Web. The filmmaker is currently attached to a Labyrinth sequel and a follow-up to Don’t Breathe.
As for when we may have more to go on: “I think you may see some action on the Evil Dead movie in the next six months.” We wait with bated breath, Mr Raimi.
Raimi is one of the producers behind new alligator horror film Crawl, which is now in Australian cinemas and opens in the US on July 12.