Award Pictures had been working on a film called Evil Dead 4: Consequences. In addition to having a horrible title with that whole “consequences” tag, they didn’t have the rights to film a sequel to begin with. Naturally original producers Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert filed a suit against Award Pictures and its president Glenn Macrae. Now the THR is reporting that Macrae fas failed to show up in court.
Per THR, “In May, Renaissance Pictures, formed in 1979 by Raimi, producer Robert Tapert and actor-producer Bruce Campbell for the purpose of making the first film, sued Award Pictures, which was in the midst of making ‘Evil Dead 4: Consequences’. The movie was alleged to be interfering with Raimi’s plan to make his own sequel for Sony Pictures and FilmDistrict. After the lawsuit was filed, Award Pictures and its president Glenn MacCrae failed to respond in court.”
Judging by the language in the article, it seems that Raimi is still considering an official Evil Dead 4. Macrae has said he will challenge the suit. It’s an interesting case and you can read more about it here.
As far as real movies go – director Fede Alvarez recently wrapped up photography on Evil Dead, FilmDistrict and Ghost House Pictures’ remake Raimi’s 1981 cult-hit horror classic, that was shot in Auckland, New Zealand. The film was written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues (with a polish by Diablo Cody) is produced by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man); Rob Tapert (30 Days of Night) and Bruce Campbell who played the popular Ash character in the original trilogy. The film is due in theaters on April 12th, 2013.