The ‘Evil Dead’ Sequel Will Give Homage To 80’s Horror!

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Now that the Evil Dead remake (although, it’s technically a sequel) is on home video, director Fede Alvarez has begun openly talking about the sequel, which he officially announced back in March at the SXSW premiere.

Our friends at Collider caught up with Alvarez for the home video release, and was able to get an update on his Evil Dead 2.

We’re discussing,” says Alvarez, explaining that they’re still in early stages of development. “We’re still talking with Sam [Raimi] about it and trying to figure out what we should do.

Maybe because I’m a child of the 80’s, but for me a sequel is a story that follows the previous one, and sometimes if you haven’t seen the original then you don’t understand the second one,” he adds, using Back to the Future 2 as an example. “So that’s kind of my ideal sequel – a movie that continues the story, takes one character and moves on, and moves forward with that character that survived with the first one.

But that’s easier said than done: “The reality of the industry today is that the sequel is just the same concept, but with a new bunch of characters. That’s the reality of Final Destination or Saw. But I don’t think, personally, we should just get a new bunch of kids and throw them in the cabin and open the book again. So that’s what we’re trying to- were just going back and forth about what is the reality of the market and what kind of film should we do.

Although it’s assumed Alvarez will direct, he explains that right now his only involvement is as a writer. We’ll have to report back when he’s officially signed on to direct.

  • djblack1313

    BRING ON THE SEQUEL (w/ Jane Levy of course!)!!!

  • GreigShelob

    “Maybe because I’m a child of the 80′s, but for me a sequel is a story that follows the previous one, and sometimes if you haven’t seen the original then you don’t understand the second one,”

    “The reality of the industry today is that the sequel is just the same concept, but with a new bunch of characters.”

    Finally. The sooner we get proper sequels that continue a story the better. All these sequels like Final Destination don’t interest me at all because it’s the same things happening to different people with no connection to the previous one. They’re more like remakes of current films, or just filming of alternate ideas for some things. Boring.

    • hawkward

      i agree! they never add new information about the story, so whats the fucking point -__-

  • DarrelDreadful

    Awesome! They can take their time with it though, no rush. I just want it to work and make sense.

  • monkeyofdoom

    Hope they make this one good unlike the last but willing to give it a chance

  • EvilHead1981

    Kinda hilarious considering ED2 was a combo of the two(surivor of the first continues on story from the first, but also a new batch of characters basically go through the SAME SHIT that the original cast did).

    I do agree that just rehashing the first one, but with a new cast, would be shit. It has to be something different. Of course there’s going to be new characters introduced, but try to keep the formulaic rehashing low, or out entirely. My advice would be, explore other aspects of the book. There has to be other forms of black magic, curses and spells locked within that book(generally, the possibilities are endless).

  • DBZEROGRAVITY

    I like what he’s saying but there are plenty of sequels keeping original characters that suck too. It’s all about the story… keep it fresh and interesting. And I definitely get what he saying with Saw (by the 5th one I couldn’t figure out who was who anymore and I didn’t give a shit either) and Final Destination (though the last one was actually decent and had a nice tie-in with the original). Hope the sequel brings something new to the table. I really like this remake except for the fact that they chain Mia in the cellar and she spends all of 5 seconds trying to get out… otherwise typical ED story with REALLY good effects work. Let’s cross our fingers for an even better sequel

  • ThunderDragoon

    I’m a Final Destination fan so, first and foremost, I’m going to defend it. Okay, let’s go. The only movie in the FD franchise that was just a new batch of characters and had absolutely no connection to the other movies was the terrible TFD. The 2nd one had Clear from the first one so that’s already explained. Now, FD3’s Wendy was to be Kimberly’s cousin from the 2nd. The end of the movie was to have her meet up with Kimberly and Officer Burke in the subway, thus keeping the connection going. It wasn’t anybody’s fault, but they had scheduling conflicts so they couldn’t get those actors to come in. But it did have Tony Todd as the voice of the devil and the subway announcer so it’s still connected to the first two. Finally, FD5. Well, that’s kind of self-explanatory if you’ve seen the movie so I won’t spoil it here. NOW, onto Evil Dead!

    I’m very happy that Fede is intending to continue on from this one, the way it should be. It was a fantastic movie and I can’t wait for Jane Levy to come back and do another amazing job. I hope they can keep all of what made Evil Dead great and just build on it. I’m curious to see exactly where they’re going to go with it and how Mia is going to get sucked back into evil. I’m hoping they keep it serious and don’t introduce any comedic elements. That would defeat the purpose of it being its own Evil Dead franchise, you know? Well, I have hope in everybody who’s going to be involved with it and I really can’t wait for it.

  • hawkward

    i want Alvares to direct again!! he did an amazing job, a sequel is the best when they keep the same director and writer, they keep the same ambiance to it and make it feel like a real sequel