Grab your chainsaws because it sounds like Sam Raimi is working on another Evil Dead movie. Long before he was pulling us into the underworld with Drag Me to Hell, walking the Yellow Brick Road with Oz the Great and Powerful, and swinging across the New York skyline with his acclaimed Spider-Man trilogy, Raimi made his name in Hollywood with the Evil Dead movies.
Becoming a campy cult classic in their own right, Raimi helmed all three Evil Dead movies from 1981’s original to 1992’s Army of Darkness. Of course, horror buffs will know Fede Álvarez rebooted with a gritty remake and 2013’s The Evil Dead.
Speaking to Bloody-Disgusting, Raimi confirmed he’s currently looking at how he can revive his warped world of Deadites.
He told the site: “I’d love to make another one. I don’t think TV is in its future but we’re talking about – Bruce[Campbell], Rob [Tapert] and myself – one or two different ways to go for the next movie.”
Hyping a return to the silver screen, the 59-year-old added: “We’d like to make another Evil Dead feature and in fact we’re working on some ideas right now.”
Back in 2013 after Álvarez’s Evil Dead debuted as a (very) loose connection to the original trilogy, Raimi teased that his next movie would be a continuation of the tale with Army of Darkness 2. The internet exploded as Raimi unveiled his plans to bring back Bruce Campbell as the fan-favorite Ash Williams.
As well as a post-credits scene featuring Campbell’s long-awaited return as Ash, the character lived to fight another day on the small screen in Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead. The show rounded off in 2018 and has left the franchise’s future in limbo.
There could be a major snag though. Campbell has repeatedly said he’s done playing Ash. Earlier this year, he even championed an ongoing franchise that would veer away from the Ash Williams story.
Speaking about a Campbell-less movie, Raimi confirmed: “I would be thrilled if Bruce Campbell changed his mind about retirement, would come back for the original Evil Dead line.
“But if not, I’m very happy to work with, if Fede [Álvarez] would come back and make the sequel… but he’s such a big shot now. He’s so successful, an artist in demand, that I don’t think he’d want to do that.”
Whatever comes our way, it doesn’t sound like Raimi has closed the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis just yet.
[Featured Image: Starz/De Laurentiis Entertainment Group]