Not only did Sam Raimi hit it big this weekend with ‘Oz The Great And Powerful’, but his legion of fans that attended South By Southwest were able to witness the resurrection of the director’s beloved ‘Evil Dead’ series, now helmed by Uruguayan director Fede Alverez. In addition to being among the first in the world to see the film, the audience was also treated to a Q&A after the movie where they were given some exclusive news: There’s more coming.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bruce Campbell, star of the original 1981 horror classic and producer of the remake, announced that this new ‘Evil Dead’ is supposed to be the first in a trilogy. Then, Alvarez revealed that he and his writing partner Rodo Sayagues have already started working on the second one.
In an interview with Collider, the handpicked director talked a little bit about ‘Evil Dead 2’ and the first steps his crew is taking towards making it happen:
“Right now, we just got to write it. For me, it’s if we manage to agree, but we’re just starting to build a story and figure out what kind of movie it’s going to be, and it depends on what it is. It depends on the story we find, because personally, I think it has to shock everybody. It has to go to a different place just like ‘Army of Darkness’ did with ‘Evil Dead 2’. It has to do that switch that every ‘Evil Dead’ movie did with the previous one.”
Alvarez continued by stating that he won’t just be remaking Raimi’s ‘Evil Dead 2’. Instead, the new sequel will be “100% original”:
“Well, right now you have to create something different and completely new. And it’s exciting for me because in a long time, this, the new one—the next one—is going to be a completely new, fresh, 100% original, you bet. Because this one has so many ties to the first one that at the end of the day, being what it is, it’s like a sound of the original movie. But this next one, it’s not a remake of ‘Evil Dead 2’. It’s something completely new and different. I’m so excited to see where that’s going to go.”
Considering that most people haven’t even laid eyes on the first one yet, the public doesn’t have an opinion on Alvarez’ first ‘Evil Dead’ film. But if there’s already talks of a sequel, then there must be some merit to it. We’ll have to wait until next month to find out just how Alvarez did and then fans can chime in on if a sequel is necessary.
As an added bonus, the director chimed in about Sam Raimi’s rumored ‘Evil Dead 4’. News of Raimi revisiting his franchise in a directorial capacity started to circulate a week ago, but the news gave off a pretty mixed signal. Now, Alvarez confirms that the originator is at least thinking about going back:
“He wants to do it. I can tell you that because we’ve talked about it. He wants to try and find the best movie to do it. He has a story, he pitched it to me about what he wants to do with Bruce and Ash on ‘Evil Dead 4’. It’s definitely something he wants to do. At the end of the day, bringing this saga back to life is the best way to do it. And look, they don’t call him “The Master” just because.”
It’ll be interesting to see if anything actually comes of this, especially since Alvarez’s new film(s) are already out there in the market. You know what they say about too much of a good thing…
What’s your take on Fede Alvarez helming an entire ‘Evil Dead’ trilogy? How do you think the first one will even turn out? And do you think that it’s even necessary for Sam Raimi to keep going with ‘Evil Dead 4’ with the remake coming out very soon? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘Evil Dead’ starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Elizabeth Blackmore, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Jessica Lucas opens in theaters everywhere on April 5, 2013.