Updates on the Evil Dead Franchise from Sam Raimi
With Sam Raimi's throwback to classic horror Drag Me to Hell hitting theaters this May, fans have been getting more and more anxious to see the return of the Evil Dead franchise. At Comic-Con last year, Raimi revealed that he would love to make another Evil Dead; later in the year, he talked about remaking the original as well. IGN caught up with Raimi down at SXSW, where he was showing an early cut of Drag Me to Hell, and asked him about updates on the franchise, including a remake and a sequel. He doesn't promise anything too soon, but does give us some hope, especially on the side of the remake more than anything.
"I have talked with my partners about having a young director come in and remake Evil Dead," Raimi revealed to IGN. "That film was made in 16mm on a shoestring budget and blown up to 35mm. The visual effects are crumby, it was done in mono, not even stereo, let alone 5.1. What you could do with it now would be so much better. I think if you had a new director using the full power of 35mm and 5.1 sound, you could really make a pretty socko presentation. It was always meant for the big screen, but never really seen on the big screen."
That's actually good news, especially since I wouldn't mind seeing a completely rebooted Evil Dead remake. I hate to use that term "reboot", but it really could be fun. Just look at how minimal updates made a big difference between Evil Dead and Evil Dead II. As Raimi says, just imagine what they could do if it were done today. As for Evil Dead 4, don't exactly get your hopes up just yet. "Like any movie it's hard to say if you want to do it or if you don't want to do it until there is a script to talk about," he continued. "So one day I hope to have the time to write a script..." Take your time Sam, we'll still be here whenever you're ready.