Many Evil Dead fanatics have long been awaiting a fourth film in the revered splatstick franchise. Indeed it has been over eighteen years since Army of Darkness stormed across cinemas nationwide. But now Dread Central is reporting that, according to a “very reliable source,” director Sam Raimi (who has since gone on to the mega-blockbuster Spider-Man franchise) may finally be returning to his roots. The site reveals that “long-time Sam Raimi editor Bob Murawski [Army of Darkness, Spider-Man, Drag Me To Hell] has packed up and headed out to Detroit to begin work on the long talked about fourth entry into the Evil Dead franchise, which will be ‘a small indie thing like the first two’.”
Of course, these days a “small indie thing” often has better production values than films from 20 or 30 years ago, although hopefully Raimi and company will stick with the nasty organic effects that made the original films so endearing.
Further, Bruce Campbell recently responded to a fan (@TheMike31) who tweeted: “I won’t believe in a new Evil Dead film until I see it. Or at least not until @GroovyBruce tells me to believe in it.” Campbell’s tweeted reply? “Believe in the remake, dawg! The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell.”
No one knows if this upcoming Evil Dead movie will be a sequel, prequel or reboot (although the latter seems highly unlikely). Regardless, we’re curious what the new chapter might bring, from bizarre new characters to inventive death scenes. Will Ash face a Deadite infestation at S-Mart? Or will he be battling them on foreign turf? Fans will have to wait with bated breath.