'Evil Dead' Remake Writer & Director No Longer Developing a Sequel
Though Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez dropped a bomb last week saying that Sam Raimi would direct Army of Darkness 2, which Bruce Campbell would likely return for (despite not being in any hurry), it sounds like the filmmaker's hopes of combining the franchises sometime in the future might be dead (no pun intended). The remake's co-writer, Rodo Sayagues, recently spoke with Gorosito.TV (via Shock Til You Drop) and revealed that he and Alvarez left the sequel months ago. This comes after Alvarez told everyone at SXSW back in March they were already working on the script for the sequel. That's a bummer.
Sayagues said, "Look, I am sorry to tell you this but that movie won’t happen. Evil Dead 2 is not going to happen, at least not with us involved. We left that project many months ago because we preferred to put our energies on other things. I don’t know if the producers still have intentions of making it. But what I can tell you is that we are not part of that project." The remake wasn't a box office sensation, but it still managed to pull in $97 million worldwide on budget of just $17 million, so a sequel wouldn't be unjustified. Maybe the studio is waiting to see how Army of Darkness 2 plays out before moving forward.
UPDATE: Bloody Disgusting noticed Fede Alvarez on Twitter responding to a fan's lament over Evil Dead 2 being dead by saying, "Don't believe everything you read online." Now the news came from co-writer Rodo Sayagues, so it's not exactly unsubstantiated, but Alvarez says something "got lost in translation" and "Rodo meant we’re not actually making Evil Dead 2 right now because the priority is Sam’s Army of Darkness 2. But the plan of making a sequel to our Evil Dead is very much alive.” So there you go.