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Sam Raimi Tickles Our ‘Evil Dead 4’ Funny Bone Again

Yes, there’s a remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 The Evil Dead arriving in theaters April 5, but that hasn’t stopped the evil genius from teasing fans yet again with the potential of an Evil Dead 4.

I would love to make Evil Dead 4,” Raimi stated in the press notes for his Oz the Great and Powerful (in theaters March 8), as reported by Bleeding Cool. “My brother and I plan to work on the script this summer.

I bet Raimi has been itching to drop that juicy nugget into the hands of us hardcore Deadite and Ash fans. And with the Fede Alvarez-directed remake in theaters next month, I can only wonder if there’s some sort of tie-in. If you recall, I pointed out some suspicious imagery in the first trailer, released last July, that implies that Evil Dead may actually be a sequel.

Thoughts? What should happen when the Book of the Dead is opened once more? Speak below!



  • ttop33

    He’s saying that so people go and see the remake without feeling like they are giving up on a potential Evil Dead 4. They don’t remake a film and then go make a sequel to the original series. Just silliness. I think the remake looks good but Raimi is just playing producer now and trying to get as many ticket sales as possible.

    • Yes they do, that’s exactly what the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise did.

      • ttop33

        They made a prequel to the 2003 film, is that what you are calling a sequel to the original series? They are not going to do a 4th Evil Dead, if this film does well they are going to make a sequel to it, they aren’t going to confuse the audience with a 4th film to the original. And if the film doesn’t do good than the franchise is done. TCM can be remade over and over because of name recognition unlike Evil Dead.

    • dr.lamb

      And it is a stark contradiction with what they had stated earlier: That they would produce no sequel but a remake, because the younger audience that does not know the originals needs an “introduction” to Evil Dead. And NOW they are going to do No. 4 ?

      • Bruce Campbell did, however, mention this a comic con.

        • dr.lamb

          So they are doing a remake for the young crowd and a sequel for the old nostalgic folks then. Sigh. In a perfect world, they would have made No.4 10 years ago.

  • GerryButton

    At this point I do not see a any reason on why another sequel should be made. It might just confuse people in my opinion. New movie goers see “Evil Dead” in theaters and then down the road not long after “Evil Dead 4” comes out.

    Not everyone is aware that what’s coming in a few weeks is a remake of something that came out years ago. I don’t know but it doesn’t seem like a worth while venture for Sam.

    This kind of thing happened with Godzilla. Godzilla came out in 1998, and then in 1999 ANOTHER Godzilla came out. Only the one done in 1999 was Godzilla 2000 and it was done by TOHO. People thought it was a sequel to the one that Tristar did, but it wasn’t. It was also the first time in a LONG time a Japanese produced Godzilla film was released theatrically in North America. As someone who loved Godzilla prior to Tristars attempt I knew it was made for the original series but many of my school friends didn’t know this and it was just confusing.

    • I completely agree with you. Or they could at least call it Evil Dead 5.

  • sascha henschel

    My opinion is that Raimi wants to check how the Fede Evil Dead performs at the box office.
    (My bet is around 70 Mio$ gross at cinema + BR/DVD/VOD.)
    This is an idication how the sequel will perform or how high the budget and earnings can be.
    Afterwards he’ll eventually work on a script for the film.
    After all, filmmaking is still a business.

    But I think the chances are still high for the sequel.

  • sascha henschel

    And they also need a very good story to follow up on Army of Darkness.
    Maybe this is the hardest step to take, if you look e.g at the Ghostbusters 3 development.

    Maybe something already exists and hopefully they’ll stay in tone to ED2 and AoD in case of effects, humor and gore. But for the last one, they should orientate on ED2…

    It’s hard to create a follow up on something that old for an audience from today, knowing all these special effects from todays Hollywood productions.

    For example Spielberg & Lucas tried at Indy 4 quiet ok for the first 20 minutes, but sucked afterwards and at the story in general.

    So we’ll see….

    • dr.lamb

      I hope they are not aiming at an “Expendables” for 80s horror fans, if you know what I mean…

  • Discord C Bam Bam

    HELL YEAH!!!

  • DeathValzer

    I’m not going to believe this is real for the time being until an official studio green-light has been announced, but god I hope it’s true!!!

  • ProudtobeUndead

    I saw a comment earlier about “I hope they’re not aiming at an ‘Expendables’ for 80’s horror fans..’ I hope they are. I’m not ashamed to say that my soul weeps for the loss of Freddy VS Jason VS Ash.

    • dr.lamb

      What I wanted to say is that while the idea behind “The Expendables” was good, the execution lacked. It was no bittersweet dignified revival of the heros of our youth, more a stiff and grotesque parade of deflated bodies and inflated egos and it made me wish I never wanted a revival like that.
      So I hope this does not happen here.
      Freddy vs. Jason was, despite some faults, great and I have also been waiting for a Part II with Ash. I did not get why they never made it. FvsJ was successful and Campbell cannot afford to turn down such a role offer.

      • ProudtobeUndead

        Oh, yes. I totally agree with that, actually. I know exactly what you mean, while watching ‘The Expendables’ parts actually made me cringe/lament (thinking of how to put this best and struggling lol) because you could tell scenes were just shoved in to satisfy some of the actors…and no one was really trying…I wouldn’t wish for anything like that with my beloved horror icons, but I really REALLY loved Freddy VS Jason, and if the comics were any indication, Freddy VS Jason VS Ash could have been pretty decent.

        • dr.lamb

          Agreed, it could have even surpassed the first part, but I fear we will never know.

  • Razalien

    He might just move it to a sequel to the remake that does a twenty years later right when he gets back from the past after Army of Darkness. That is how I would do it any way. If both the brothers are working on it, then I am excited.

    Maybe with some flashbacks to conversations we never saw between him and the mage/wise man/elder.

    You never know. Producing gets boring, and hopefully both brothers will direct and write it.

    Slightly disappointed when I found out that only one was producing. It still looks awesome, though.

    Hail to the King.

  • ThunderDragoon

    I’m interested to see if the Evil Dead remake has any hints to the previous films in the franchise. Maybe you were right that it’s a sequel, Brad.

  • Rendrogy

    Sam Raimi can go suck a cock!

    • flesheater24

      Well the newer one can all his recent movies suck ass. Last good one he did was drag me to hell. And before that the gift.

      • NixEclips

        A Simple Plan was great, as well.

  • BabyJaneHudson

    I could only see this working as a comedy, if they’re actually following the chronology of Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. Imagine an aging Ash, still working at S-Mart and somehow the deadites have found a portal into our world. Epic cheesy battle in a small town. Could be fun…wouldn’t be horror though…

  • flesheater24

    please god be true. Please. Because this seriously made my day. I hope they make evil dead 4, and keep making them.

  • Aaron Emery

    The only thing I could see is an Army of Darkness 2, lets face it (as much as I love the movie) AoD was so far from the original Evil Dead it could really exist on its own.
    If the remake turns out to be as great as we are all expecting then maybe a new franchise keeping the ED name wouldn’t be a bad thing! I would rather see more tonally dark ED than ED2 retreads. That’s just how I feel about it, there’s is much more people that would say the opposite.

  • Scorpionsy

    I am really excited by this tease-style news from Raimi…but as I mentioned this bit of news in a previous post on another BD page…it is only the mention of a script which may be turned to a movie or just shelved altogether.

    I think Raimi is just waiting to see how the remake performs at the box office and with the audience…then he will decide to go ahead with another movie.

    I hope he does have hints from the previous Evil Dead characters in the remake…like the old rusty car etc.

    Maybe he will make a direct sequel to Army of Darkness (since in my opinion it felt like a stand-alone movie to non-evil dead fans or movie goers…and might want to keep the adventure/comedy tone of that film (with the minimal horror elements)….so he has two takes on the franchise…the funny/adventure style sequel to Army of Darkness….and the back-to-horror-roots Evil Dead remake (and more potential serious and horror sequels).

    Personally, I prefer getting an older Ash somehow back to the horror-roots (they can keep his one-liner wise talk and attitude as that is what defined Ash in the 2 latter sequels..but just focus on it as situational pure horror experience) than to go for dark comedy/horror.

    Campbell said he was too old to play Ash again in recent Fan Conventions..but if this guy can do Sam Axe in Burn Notice..and My Name is Bruce…he can do Evil Dead’s Ash again…like the older Indiana Jones…it can be done.

    I think if they kept the non-post apocalyptic ending from AOD…they can carry on the Story from there. An older/grumpier but still wise-ass Ash who can still kick Deadite butt.

    Maybe later they can do a cross-over and have both the original and remake universes meeting up in a later movie.

    These are all just hopes…we will never know until A- The new movie is release and if it indicates any link to the original group being at the same cabin (or just completely ignore that)…and B- When we have news of a completed Script for Evild Dead 4.

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