Just a couple months ago, Evil Dead‘s own Bruce Campbell hinted in an interview that he wasn’t done with the franchise just yet — at least, when it comes to voicing his most famous character, Ash, in video-games and such. It now seems director Sam Raimi isn’t quite finished with the series that made their names either.
Campbell previously opined that he was done playing in the muck, literally speaking, but was happy to continue to be Ash elsewhere. The iconic actor wasn’t sure anybody would be up for another messy Evil Dead go-round in general, including Fede Alvarez, who helmed the well-received reboot:
Fede’s a big Hollywood director now. I don’t know if Fede needs this. We’ll have to see
One thing Campbell did make clear, though, was that there was plenty more Evil Dead on the way. There are lots stories to tell within this universe, ones that he’s eager to take a crack at:
[Fans are] going to see different versions, they’re going to be seeing more Evil Dead, too. We’re not done with the Evil Dead saga. More stories to tell
And now, it seems Raimi himself has confirmed the series definitely isn’t dead and buried. As per Bloody Disgusting, Raimi, who directed the original trilogy and produced the abruptly cancelled, Campbell-starring TV show Ash Vs. Evil Dead, is currently working on a new movie installment.
The filmmaker was asked what the future of the franchise might look like, and he was optimistic about where it could go:
I’d love to make another one. I don’t think TV is in its future but we’re talking about – Bruce [Campbell], Rob [Tapert] and myself – one or two different ways to go for the next movie
Raimi doubled down on his comments, elaborating on what they’re currently working on:
We’d like to make another Evil Dead feature and in fact we’re working on some ideas right now
It’s unclear whether the new movie would continue on where Army of Darkness left off, or the remake, or take a different route entirely. But either way this is hugely exciting news for Evil Dead fans (i.e. everybody). For Raimi’s money, he has plenty of ideas either way:
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 [Álvarez] would come back and make the sequel
Raimi echoed Campbell’s previous sentiments, however, about Alvarez possibly being too in demand currently to continue on with his version of the story. He also confirmed, once and for all, that the new Evil Dead is a canonical entry although it doesn’t exist in the Bruce Campbell timeline.
The legendary filmmaker even hinted at a third possibility, if neither the Campbell Evil Dead or the new Evil Dead works out, but he wouldn’t be pushed to reveal further details. We might not have to wait too long for more news, however, as the great man teased:
I think you may see some action on the Evil Dead movie in the next six months
As much as we don’t want to get our hopes up too much, this all sounds super promising. Whatever iteration we get, more Evil Dead is better than no Evil Dead.
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