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‘Evil Dead 2′ Loses Fede Alvarez, Sequel In Jeopardy…

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When the film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival back in March, director Fede Alvarez, pictured below, and co-writer Rodo Sayagues revealed they had already begun work on a sequel to their remake of Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead. While Alvarez had never committed or confirmed that he’d direct Evil Dead 2, he recently took to Twitter to tell a fan that Raimi was focusing on helming Army of Darkness 2. At the time he made no indication that he wouldn’t be back for more deadite madness – but unfortunately, it sounds as if the sequel took a massive step backwards. In fact, Sayagues tells Gorosito TV that Evil Dead 2 isn’t happening.

Look, I am sorry to tell you this but that movie won’t happen,” he tells the site before dropping the bomb. “Evil Dead 2 is not going to happen, at least not with us involved. We left that project many months ago because we preferred to put our energies on other things.

I don’t know if the producers still have intentions of making it. But what I can tell you is that we are not part of that project.

Those of you who hate remakes, hated Alvarez’s vision, and hate the idea of it continuing forth should be celebrating – for the rest of us this is a dagger in the heart. If you recall, it took Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures eight years to find a director and a take they liked. With Raimi focusing on Army of Darkness 2, it sounds like this modern adventure will have no finale, at least for quite a few years. Hopefully, Raimi’s AOD 2 experience lights his fire so much so that he decides to get behind the camera for the larger budgeted Evil Dead 2… there’s always that rumor that the two franchises would merge again.

  • JJzyk

    Oh this makes me very upset.
    Like
    Imma cry
    :C

  • EvanDickson

    Bummer. I liked the EVIL DEAD remake.

  • Nick Mroz

    I keep seeing ‘fans’ of Evil Dead comparing the remake to Evil Dead 2. For example “It didn’t even try to be humorous.” Evil Dead was originally was a pure horror film. The remake is based on that, not Evil Dead 2 and beyond.

    • EvanDickson

      Is that still a thing? Crazy

  • RickGrimesRightHand

    I wasn’t a fan of the remake but I’m glad it exists as it brought some new life for the franchise and I may finally get to see Army of Darkness 2. Those dudes are pretty talented and I would like to see what they can do with original material.

  • Darkness69

    I’m a big fan of the remake, so this is truly a dagger in the heart! I’m hoping against hope that this is just some Halloween trick…

  • anthonyd1

    This doesn’t make sense at all! Fede Alvarez has been so excited to jump back into Evil Dead 2 and you would think he would of mentioned something when he responded about Army of Darkness 2 that he is no longer part of the Evil Dead universe. Also the Evil Dead remake was a big financial success (97 Million Worldwide on a 17 Million Budget) The studio will definitely want to push forward on this sequel one way or another

  • ChasingTheGhost

    So much for that crossover…

  • hatchetian

    Damn just Damn…………..

  • HorrorLover995

    This is just heart-breaking. It’ll be interesting to see how AOD2 will do, and hopefully if it’s great, then they’ll think about making an Evil Dead 2. But until then, let’s all sit back in sorrow at this heart breaking news.

  • FrenchFryGuy

    Eh, I got to be honest. As long as Raimi is still pursuing his AOD sequel, I’m ok with it. All the remake was was a glossier and gorier version of the original without the style or charm which is the case with most remakes these days. They either are darker and gorier yet much more lifeless and banal or just complete garbage. This moving being the former in my opinion.

    Raimi is the one who should be focused on Evil Dead/AOD anyway. All else don’t do it right. Hell, even is little joy movie Drag Me to Hell felt closer in spirit to the original Evil Dead then the actual Remake/reimagining/whatever the fuck you want to call it.

    • RickGrimesRightHand

      Well said.

  • morrisseylikesburgers

    Good, the remake was fucking atrocious.

  • zafisher94

    That sucks! I thought Evil Dead remake was one of the best horror films in years! While I enjoy the original series, they were never favorites of mine so AoD2 isn’t much solace for me.

    I’ll still hang onto that glimmer of hope that it still may happen. As others have pointed out, the remake was pretty successful both financially and critically (as far as horror remakes go at least) and if AoD2 is successful, I’m confident we’ll see something after that in some form.

  • Jasonicus

    Not really that sad about this. I liked it but it wasn’t Evil Dead by a long shot.

  • Vadicta

    :’(

  • juice1701

    I am seriously disappointed after reading this. I thought the Evil Dead Remake was excellent, with the exception of what happened to the dog. I couldn’t wait to buy it when it was released to Blu-ray. I was hoping to see an uncut directors version. But that didn’t happen, so I was so looking forward to a sequel. And now it appears that’s not going to happen either. Army of Darkness SUCKED!!! Why waste a budget on that shit? Oh well, all I can do now is hope they change their minds and eventually go forward with The Evil Dead sequel, only this time instead of 5 bring about 10 people and leave the dog home.

    • kumarp

      I would so much rather see a film with the charisma and attitude of Army of Darkness than a standard gore-fest.

  • divisionbell

    Well that’s incredibly depressing. I was very excited about what he was going to do with a sequel.

  • WhereDarknessLurks

    This news is sickeningly disappointing. I feel like I got punched right in the gut. I couldn’t have been more thrilled that the excellent reboot was getting a sequel, and was craving to see it…

  • djblack1313

    count me in too guys, this news is a huge bummer. something is up with these guys Rodo Sayagues/Fede Alvarez. something just doesn’t seem to make sense with this. Fede hasn’t even hinted that he’s not interested in making ED2 and if he knew it for months, maybe he should have announced news (like this) that was 100% confirmed rather than make unsubstantiated statements about Raimi directing AOD2!!

  • K-Dogg

    I loved the remake….Oh well, guess Raimi will have to do it then :)

  • mobstar67

    if the news of a Raimi/Campbell collaboration for AOD2 is true it totally softens the blow about Fede Alverez not moving forward with Evil Dead 2..
    in a perfect world we’d get both films but its not so i’ll get myself psyched for a souped up modern continuation of Army of Darkness..With that said Evil Dead made some serious cash (80 million profit) for Sony/Tristar..With that kind of profit i’m guessing were eventually gonna get a second installment…

  • MrMyers

    while i enjoyed the remake im not to bothered about this.
    It lacked the soul of the original films and would much rather Raimi directed anything Evil Dead related in the future.
    His vision is what made the originals so good in my opinion.
    Drag me to Hell felt more from that universe than the remake did.

    • SugarShane

      Drag me to Hell was so damn corny.

  • http://www.graveplotpodcast.com Tay-of-the-Dead

    I was a fan of probably 90% of the original. The ending completely brought down the whole thing, though.

  • Venomous-Soul

    Hell I am a fan of All the Evil Dead & Army Of Darkness films including the new one. Rami chose well for a director for “Evil Dead” I am sad about his departure…unless this is some sort of play for more money!

  • undertaker78

    This actually pisses me off. I don’t want Army of Darkness 2 (sorry but they kept dangling that carrot in front of me too long). I want an Evil Dead 2. I will bet the farm that the reason for ED2 cancellation is because of $$$ they see with Army2. Damn egos.

  • David-Nagle

    AH BOLLOX – THE EVIL DEAD remake rocks , to tell u the truth id rather see a sequel to the remake rather than army of darkness 2 , :(

  • harrynico4

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • juggalochef2399

    A few weeks ago I got to meet horror legends Tony Todd, Sid Haig, Kane Hodder, Robert Englund and more at Rock & Shock. Then we got word that both Bruce and Sam are IN for AoD2! THEN we get news that Trick R Treat 2 is going to be made. This was going to be the best Halloween season in my life EVER…this news puts a bit of a damper on it. Here’s hoping that Fede will be back down the road!!

  • HalloweenVic

    Dammm that sucks cause I really liked the evil dead remake!!

  • rezzfly

    This makes sense.

    Let Ash make his comeback to warp to whatever timeline he does.

    He then finishes up kicking ass and then by coincidence …

    warps to Mia’s timeline to assist her from getting killed by a deadite…

    The after credit Groovy comes into play…

    Then a collaboration between Raimi and Sayagues

    • rezzfly

      and if not, maybe we’ll finally see Ash versus Freddy or Jason with the resurgence of the character.

    • rezzfly

      And not to continue to quote myself..

      I like the character of Mia. I just don’t think she can carry a movie entirely by herself.

      A direct team up with Bruce right after the events of the remake could be epic.

    • Carietta_White

      If you think Campbell and Raimi are actually willing to share their toys with Alvarez on that level then I’ve got a lovely bridge to sell you.

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    • EvilHead1981

      I hope this is true. Evil Dead was probably one of my favorite remakes/reboots of all time. Fede really shows his love and respect for the original franchise, as well as horror in general. You rarely get that with most reboots(which are usually caricatures of the original, as well as shameless stepping stones for music video directors to “get into the industry”). I always felt, to remake a classic, it needs to be taken seriously, not just be some slapped together “means to an end”. Again, I rarely trust reboots, but after what Fede gave us for the first one, I’m definitely behind a sequel!!

    • JJzyk

      Darn you, I was about to do the same.