This story has a few creases in it so let’s plug in the ‘truth iron’ and flaten them out…I have no idea what the f**k that means.
Last year, much to the horror of horror fans Sam Raimi’s cult classic The Evil Dead was given the old Hollywood remake treatment which raked in a modest $97m at the box office, against a paltry $17m budget. That outrageous success obviously aroused producers and investors as there’s now talk of a sequel to the remake and this is where things get a little complex.
Fede Alvarez, the director of the remake, made some comments last year about the possibility of his sequel and Sam Raimi’s rumoured sequel to his Army Of Darkness, (the third installment in the original Evil Dead trilogy), being two films leading up to a crossover movie where both franchises would converge in a sort of Avengers style effort. Sadly for fans this rumour was effectively kiled off by actor Bruce Campbell, (the original Ash), who pretty much said a crossover would never happen.
Fast forward now to this month and Alvarez is at again, stating in a recent interview with Shock Till You Drop:
“Sam, Bruce and [producer] Rob Tapert and I are good friends and we talk to one another often and we’re always coming up with new ideas and projects. Sam is teasing ‘Army of Darkness 2,’ which he is working on the script with his brother, but at the same time ‘Evil Dead 2’ is something we definitely want to do at some point. But part of the reason I think the last one was successful is because Sam took his time to find the right team of people to do it. We took the time to find the right script and all of that. If you had ‘Evil Dead 2’ coming out the following year, it’s just for the market, not because you’ve found the right idea.
It takes time to find the right idea and that’s what we’re doing. It’s always in the background and always in our heads. And every time I talk with Sam, we’re bouncing around ideas to find what would be the perfect sequel.”
With this kind of collaboration between the two directors about the same property, the possibility of some sort of seventh Evil Dead movie where both franchises converge would be high and an interesting development for both sets of fans.