Ghost House Already Planning the Sequel for Fede Alvarez's 'Evil Dead'
The most terrifying remake you'll ever see. Ghost House Pictures and Screen Gems' remake of Evil Dead, directed by Fede Alvarez, premiered this weekend at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin to mostly positive reviews (e.g. see Rejects / SlashFilm). Based on all the trailer reactions and good buzz, there's no question that the studio wants a sequel, and it sounds like they're already planning one anyway. During the Q&A after the premiere, Fede Alvarez confirmed that he and co-writer Rodo Sayagues have already begun work on the screenplay for Evil Dead 2, with plans for a trilogy in the end like the original Sam Raimi series. Read on.
With the confirmation about a sequel being stated to an audience of thousands at SXSW, media sites have been picking up on the story and pushing for more details. During the Q&A, Bruce Campbell himself chimed in to make sure to say they're aiming to deliver an entire new trilogy. Matt from Collider followed up with Alvarez in an interview and asked him straight up about the sequel: "We're just starting to build a story and figure out what kind of movie it's going to be, and it depends on what it is. It depends on the story we find, because personally, I think it has to shock everybody. It has to go to a different place just like Army of Darkness did with Evil Dead 2. It has to do that switch that every Evil Dead movie did with the previous…"
Speaking of switching around, we can't forget that in addition to these remakes, Sam Raimi has also hinted that he may actually be writing Evil Dead 4, too. But what should we expect? ComingSoon spoke to Ghost House Pictures producer Rob Tapert, who reminds us: "That would be Army of Darkness 2… Everybody calls it Evil Dead 4 but Army of Darkness wasn't called Evil Dead anywhere except by the fans." Indeed, so what does that mean? This is an Army of Darkness sequel? Joking about Ash, Tapert says: "'It'll be me and a walker fighting some other old guy.' But that's what he does and who knows? It may happen." Sounds good.
Until we hear any major developments from Sam Raimi on his new Evil Dead/Army of Darkness script, it's all about Fede Alvarez's new take on Evil Dead, which seems to be gory as all hell but horrifically satisfying. Fans wouldn't have it any other way, right? One of the best tweets from the SXSW premiere comes from @adambvary: "Evil Dead just soaked @sxsw in oceans of blood and creative gore, and the crowd could not have been happier. I won't sleep for days." Sounds like it may just be living up to the tagline on that poster.