Sam Raimi’s ‘The Evil Dead’, a cult favorite horror franchise has endured in one form or another since 1981 when the original film was released. The most recent incarnation of the property was via a TV series which had Bruce Campbell return to the character of Ash for three seasons across 2015 to 2018.
The TV series had a long winded build up before going into production, following a number of false starts on trying to deliver a new feature film with Campbell, and in a lot of ways delivers a satisfying wrap up by the end of season three.
Comments made via a recent Reddit appearance by Raimi seem to indicate the franchise isn’t over with yet, with indications that both he and Campbell are working with a filmmaker on developing a new Evil Dead film. For the moment however Campbell maintains he’s retired from his character ‘Ash’, following the recent TV series. At the moment it’s unclear whether the new film would be a continuation of the same setting that Campbell appeared in, or something different.
Raimi went on to add that he’d be interested in making a new film himself, but that he would only want to direct a new film if Bruce Campbell is willing to star and for the timing being at least, Bruce is maintaining his ‘retired from Ash’ stance.
The above is interesting given that a remake of The Evil Dead already occurred in 2013, directed by Fede Alvarez and while it was well received there has been no obvious movement on a sequel in the six years since then.
Despite the positive comments and seeming intent to move forward on a new Evil Dead project, it’s a long way from something moving into actual production, however it seems Raimi is keen to bring something together to deliver more stories in that world, whatever shape it eventually takes we’ll have to wait and see.
Let us know your favorite Evil Dead film in the comments – for me it’s Evil Dead 2, the best blend of horror and comedy!