'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.
Wow.. sort of surprised by that. Really enjoyed their take and was looking forward to the sequel and eventual combining of the two franchises. Upsetting and unfortunate.
Dresden on Oct 30, 2013
Yeah, I liked him a lot.
OfficialJab on Oct 30, 2013
So the studio will just find a new writer and director. Not as though them leaving stops the train.
Brian Sleider on Oct 30, 2013
Well hopefully it wont take Sam Rami another 8 years to find a new director! But hey I'm hopeful about Army Of Darkness 2!
Jimmy Love on Oct 30, 2013
The remake didn't really do much for me, I mean yeah, it was grisly and violent, but that only goes so far. I hated the 'gender reversal' when it came to the protagonist of the film, that was one of the things that made the original Evil Dead stand out from the crowd of horror films that were abusing the "final girl" trope.
Chris Groves on Oct 30, 2013
Fine. Not sad nor happy.
DAVIDPD on Oct 30, 2013
Good. The remake was completely unnecessary. And gore alone does not make an effective horror movie.
cobrazombie on Oct 31, 2013
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