The possibility of a new EVIL DEAD sequel or remake has been discussed for years. And lately, it has seemed more likely than ever. Now according to Horror-movies.ca it's finally official. The fourth EVIL DEAD is on it's way!
Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell are set to produce and Federico Alvarez is set to direct. Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer's Body) is also attached as writer.
However according to Bloody-disgusting.com the fourth film will not be a continuation of the third film ARMY OF DARKNESS but rather a remake of the original movie.
Bruce Campbell recently commented on the new film via his Twitter account "Believe in the remake, dawg! The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell."
Bruce Campbell will apparently not be making an appearance in the new flick, which begs the big question, who will play Ash? Still no news on that as of yet, as the script is still undergoing work and isn't anywhere near ready for casting yet.
Personally I'm not against (another) EVIL DEAD remake, but I honestly can't imagine Ash being played by anybody other than Campbell. If they get the casting right this could be a really great movie. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. And remember, "Shop smart, shop S-mart!"
Here is the full press release:
Sam Raimi and original producing partners Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell (who also starred in the original franchise) are gearing up to remake their cult sensation THE EVIL DEAD through their long standing Ghost House Pictures partnership. Raimi and Tapert were such instant fans of Fede Alvarez’s short film “Panic Attack” that they set up a blind deal with the filmmaker and through that process have attached Fede Alvarez to write and direct the film. Alvarez wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues. Academy Award® winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is currently doing revisions on the draft. Ghost House is committed to renewing the franchise and has the film on the fast track.
Raimi, Tapert and Campbell will serve as producers. Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Nicole Brown and J.R. Young will oversee the project for Ghost House. Lionsgate will handle international sales on the film.
The three producing partners commented, "We are committed to making this movie and are inspired by the enduring popularity and enthusiasm for the ‘Evil Dead’ series. We can't wait to scare a new generation of moviegoers using filmmaking techniques that were not available to us thirty years ago as well as Fede bringing a fresh eye to the film’s original elements."
Raimi wrote, directed and, along with Tapert and Campbell, produced the original horror classic THE EVIL DEAD that tells the story of five twenty-something friends who become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead. An archaeologist's tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization. Playing the taped incantations, the youths unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival. THE EVIL DEAD spawned a franchise with the equally successful installments EVIL DEAD II and ARMY OF DARKNESS.
Fede Alvarez is represented by CAA, Anonymous Content and attorney Karl Austen. Diablo Cody is represented by Sarah Self at WME, Mason Novick, and attorney Jeff Frankel of McKuin Frankel Whitehead LLP.