Sequel to the 2013 remake.
Those of you following the rumor/fact mill surrounding Army Of Darkness 2 might still have your heads tied in a few knots. A few months back, I published this piece in which I attempted to make sense of all the statements coming from Bruce Campbell and the rest of the camp on the film (which I believe to be in development).
But if you’re looking for a LITERAL timeline – we’ve got one for you now! A few weeks back I sat down with Erin Darling from THEPOPFIX and Ryan Turek from STYD to hammer out the details. Thanks to Erin and her wonderful team for putting the whole thing together! READ MORE
This is getting pretty crazy folks. Here’s the deal – Bruce Campbell just told Erin Darling over the weekend that Army Of Darkness 2 isn’t necessarily happening. His quote? “It’s all internet BS. There’s no reality whatsoever. These random comments slip out of my mouth or Sam Raimi’s mouth, next thing you know, we’re making a sequel.”
Here’s the problem. Sam Raimi is still writing the film. And everyone I’ve spoken to concedes that it’s at the very least in development. Fede Alvarez told me he that “we’re not actually making ‘Evil Dead 2′ right now because the priority is Sam’s ‘Army of Darkness 2.’ But the plan of making a sequel to our ‘Evil Dead’ is very much alive.” Alvarez has also confirmed Raimi’s intent to direct the film.
In September I spoke to Alvarez at the Eyegore awards. That was when he first told me that Sam Raimi wanted to tackle Army Of Darkness 2 first. Do you know who was standing by his side during that interview? Bruce Campbell. Granted, it was a loud red carpet and I doubt Campbell was hanging on Alvarez’s every word, but that would be an odd time for Alvarez to make such a statement if it was false.
It was this same Bruce Campbell who told Wizard World Nashville that he was doing the film. Here’s the thing, even Campbell himself admits that Raimi is writing AOD2. He told a Seattle radio station last week, “the thing that would drive me to do it again would be working with Sam.” He concedes that the Evil Dead remake got “Rob, Sam and I working together again.” He then told another Seattle radio station that he was joking when he confirmed the film in Nashville but the confirms that Sam Raimi was writing the film with his brother Ivan and “he doesn’t always threaten that. When he actually starts writing, you go ‘okay maybe he’s not lying this time.’” People like Sam Raimi don’t just wake up in the morning and go to work on something they don’t think would ever happen, they’ve got far too much going on to waste their time on that stuff.
My theory? Army Of Darkness 2 is most definitely being worked on. Campbell just doesn’t want to be asked about it all the time and delights in never giving a straight answer. What he means is that it’s “not real” in the sense that there isn’t a shooting date or production schedule yet, but that it’s being worked on. I think the fact that someone like me just had to spend 30 minutes putting all of this together tickles him to no end. More power to him.
UPDATE: I just got in touch with Alvarez and he confirms that, “stuff got lost in translation” with Sayagues in the Gorosito interview published earlier today. He elaborated, “Rodo meant we’re not actually making ‘Evil Dead 2′ right now because the priority is Sam’s ‘Army of Darkness 2.’ But the plan of making a sequel to our ‘Evil Dead’ is very much alive.”
This morning we posted the seemingly sad news that Fede Alvarez and his co-writer Rodo Sayagues had pulled out of Evil Dead 2, the sequel to the successful remake earlier this year. Sayagues had told Gorosito TV that the pair were no longer attached to the project. But was Sayagues speaking solely for himself? Or was there some kind of miscommunication (this seems more likely)?
But now Alvarez is telling fans on Twitter not to believe everything they read. This sounds right to me. While this morning Sayagues was quoted as saying they had been off the project for “months,” the last time I spoke to Alvarez (in late September) he indicated that he was still attached to the sequel, but said that Sam Raimi wanted to tackle Army Of Darkness 2 first. Not only do I trust Alvarez, but Bruce Campbell was by his side the entire time I spoke to him and I feel that Campbell is perfectly comfortable correcting someone in public at this point.
While nothing is confirmed yet, it seems as though Alvarez is still onboard. The question is, in what capacity? He very well could be directing the project, but there are still other ways to be “involved” with a film. Perhaps he’s referring to being onboard just as a producer? But fans of Alvarez’s take on the material can always hope that he’s still directing the pic.
Update: Redacting previous speculation in favor of Alvarez’s above confirmation. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
When it comes to Sam Raimi, it wouldn’t have surprised me at all if he let a new up-and-comer get behind the camera for Army of Darkness 2. And while we’ve never doubted that he was going to direct the follow-up to his 1992 Evil Dead sequel, it’s nice to see some solid confirmation in writing.
Fede Alvarez, who directed this year’s Evil Dead remake, was asked on Twitter if he would be directing Army of Darkness 2. Alvarez, who is currently writing Evil Dead 2 with Rodo Sayagues, responded with confirmation that Raimi will be taking the helm! You can see the tweet below…
Just last week Bruce Campbell confirmed his involvement, which really makes it sound as if momentum is picking up.
The question that remains is as to which will come first, Evil Dead 2 or Army of Darkness 2 – and might we see the two franchises eventually collide?!
Share you’re thoughts below… READ MORE
Roque Baños, the man who brought us the chilling, bombastic score to Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead, has been announced as the official composer of the upcoming Oldboy remake, which is being helmed by Spike Lee. The original was directed by Chan-wook Park and is widely acclaimed as one of the best revenge thrillers in recent years. Baños wrote and scored Oldboy in under a month’s time, and conducted it with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra in Slovakia.
Baños states, “Adrian’s (Sharlto Copley) theme is dark, but also sad because of his past. Joe’s (Josh Brolin) theme has a touch of epic given his heroic rise. It’s not an entirely epic theme because it has touches of emotion and revenge. Hitting the emotion was key as Oldboy follows the transition of a man who has been confined for 20 years who then becomes more serious. He finds a lot in his life.”
Oldboy hits theaters on November 27th. READ MORE
Now that the Sam Raimi-produced remake of his The Evil Dead was an R-rated hit, what comes next? The sequel, presumably, and then maybe that long-gestured fourth Evil Dead, tentatively titled Army of Darkness 2.
But what happens when Raimi has laser focus? Remember when he wanted to make Drag Me To Hell? A preposterous movie pitch that somehow got made – and it was awesome. Now, we’re hearing that Raimi is “determined” to get Army of Darkness 2 off the ground… and maybe even before that Evil Dead sequel.
Tonight Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando celebrate the opening of their annual Halloween Horror Nights. While we have stringers at both events, Evan Dickson is standing on the red carpet hoping to land some juicy horror nuggets. This one is a whopper.
Before we get to the scoop, Bruce Campbell, who starred as Ash in Army of Darkness and produced the remake, says they still have to figure out what direction to go: “We have to figure out what we want to do,” he said, “because this wasn’t a huge long term 18 movie plan, you know what I mean? These sequels – remakes, sequels, whatever you want to call them – come out of nowhere.”
As for what actually comes next, here’s the skinny – Fede Alvarez, who directed the remake, seems to imply that Raimi is more focused on Army of Darkness 2 than Evil Dead 2. In fact, Raimi is already writing it! “The pressure is on them now. Because as far as I know, and heard, Sam is really determined to get Army Of Darkness 2 happening,” he revealed exclusively to Bloody. “He is actually writing [it now].”
This should be huge news for fans of the original trilogy as the implication is that Army of Darkness 2 may actually come next. Maybe we’re reading way into it, but that’s definitely how it sounded to me…
What do you want to see first? AD2 or ED2?
Awesome news this Tuesday evening as Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez is in negotiations to direct a live-action adaptation of the Electronic Arts video game Dante’s Inferno for Universal, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.
The “Dante’s Inferno” game was released in 2010 for the Xbox and PlayStation platforms. While there’s not much to the story -the game follows the exploits of Dante (re-imagined as a Templar knight) as he journeys through the nine circles of Hell to reclaim the soul of his beloved Beatrice from the hands of Lucifer – Alvarez’s visual effects expertise should really make this a spectacle of sorts!
Alvarez would direct from a script by Jay Basu. Bruce McKenna wrote the original draft. READ MORE
Fede Alvarez, who resurrected Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead, has sold Machina, a sci-fi action project to MRC, reports THR.
Logline details are being kept under wraps and locked in the basement of a cabin in the woods, they joke.
It is known, however, that Alvarez will co-write the script with his partner Rodo Sayagues.
Alvarez is also attached to direct.
Alvarez is the South American director who caught the town’s attention with the hot short “Panic Attack,” which featured giant robots attacking Montevideo, Paraguay.
Update: We’ve also included director Fede Alvarez’s newly released VHS box art that he himself designed. Check it out below the trailer!
There’s something really nostalgic and warming for me when I see an old school trailer. I love the cheesiness of the narrator, the gritty and grimy quality, and the aged sound. That’s why I was so taken by this re-imagined Evil Dead trailer by YouTube user P. Parker, which takes the footage of the 2013 film and gives it the look of being a trailer on an old VHS tape.
P. Parker also took the audio from the 1981 Sam Raimi-directed original, adding to that “old-school” feel.
Check it out below! READ MORE
Now on home video as of Tuesday, Bloody Disgusting sat down with Evil Dead (review) director Fede Alvarez at the Movies on Demand Lounge at the Hard Rock during the San Diego Comic-Con to get you the scoop on the film’s inevitable sequel and more. The biggest juice is that we may see Ash, played by Bruce Campbell, eventually team up with Mia (Jane Levy) in the sequel!
First on our agenda we wanted to know the scoop on if and when there will be an extended cut of the film released as an alternate extended version was referenced in the Blu-ray commentary several times. “People are always asking me about the director’s cut of the film,” Alvarez tells us. “Honestly though, the version out right now IS the director’s cut. I feel it is the best cut of the movie and it’s also my favorite. We really didn’t cut much as the MPAA had us make only minimal trims, like when Jane cut her tongue in half, we could only show that for two seconds instead of three. They didn’t want us to over-expose the film’s violence so if you only see things like that for a couple of seconds then you most likely won’t become a homicidal maniac and go on a rampage.” READ MORE
Now on home video from Sony Home Entertainment is Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead. Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive look at the “Best Buy” edition of the Blu-ray release, which features fan fav Bruce Campbell speaking on the film being a “loving throwback,” while also sharing some insane behind-the-scenes footage! Dig it below…
“In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends who become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead. An archaeologist’s tape recording reveals that the ancient text was discovered among the Khandarian ruins of a Sumerian civilization. Playing the taped incantations, the youths unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.” READ MORE
To celebrate the release of Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead on home video, Sony Home Entertainment is throwing a bash worthy of your deadite-loving presence.
San Diego Comic-Con attendees can RSVP for a bloody fiasco taking place Saturday, July 20 at The Commons (901 4th Avenue). Director Fede Alvarez and star Jane Levy will be in attendance!
You must be 21+ to get in, and I’d suggest arriving early to guarantee admittance.
Here’s the invite via Twitter:
“Once you unleash evil, it will consume you…”
This fall, Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Halloween Horror Nights” will conjure unrelenting evil in elaborately themed haunted mazes based on this year’s box office hit, Evil Dead. Universal is joining forces with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to deliver an authentic experience that will immerse horror fans in the blockbuster remake of the cult classic.
Producers Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell– creators of the original Evil Dead film – reunited to present this year’s terrifying new vision of the classic horror film. The film follows five 20-something friends who turn a remote cabin in the woods into a blood-soaked chamber of horrors after awakening an ancient demon. Directed by Fede Alvarez, Evil Dead opened No. 1 at the U.S. Box Office, and top 10 for all-time horror remakes. The movie is available July 16 on Blu-ray and DVD with UltraViolet from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment – and now horror fans will get to live it at “Halloween Horror Nights”.
In haunted mazes so terrifying, they could only be found at Universal’s “Halloween Horror Nights”, guests will be transported into the film and face off against a demonic evil that will stop at nothing to consume them. It begins when a mysterious passage from an ancient book is read, releasing an unearthly force of darkness. A pack of violently possessed victims, including the film’s starring character “Mia,” wreaks brutal carnage throughout the mazes – and guests must make their best attempt to escape. READ MORE
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.” READ MORE
I feel like a lot of advertisers have lost focus on what advertising is. Many of the ads we see today just go through the motions, so much so that we literally block them out as they’re blasting across our small/big screens. I went to school for advertising, which is why I’m so incredibly sensitive to how something is being sold to me.
“9, the Creative Shop” out of Portugal has shared an extremely impressive print ad for Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead, which was placed into various newspapers back in April. Title Evil Dead: The Night of the Living Dead in Portugal, the poster was placed on the Obituaries page with a bunch of empty slots where the deceased announcements used to remain. Now that the dead are living, there’s no need for obituaries. “Clever girl,” as Muldoon would say.
What are some of the most memorable ads you’ve seen lately? This is a good exercise to show you how good/bad of a job they’re doing… READ MORE
This month on the show, Tex and Lauren take their turn on the Evil Dead remake. Horror Guy Keenan shares his excitement over The Lords of Salem hitting theaters (all five of them.) We also tackle horror fans challenging questions from this season like “Is Hemlock Grove a major snooze fest?” and “Is that Zombieland TV series any good?” All this plus headlines, reviews and some NEW Rob Zombie!
FINALLY! The episode Danny! and Tim have been waiting for since the inception of Double Murder: THE EVIL DEAD!!! Does Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult classic, The Evil Dead, still hold up after all these years, or is our reverence based purely on nostalgia? Will Fede Alvarez’s 2013 remake become just another name of the long list of remake failures, or can it live up to the high bar set by the original? Did Tim get a quote from Star Trek: The Next Generation tattooed on his knuckles? Will Danny! butcher everyone’s names? Are you going to listen all the way to the end of the episode? There’s only one way to find out: LISTEN TO DOUBLE MURDER!!! READ MORE
It’s the 20th episode of Aural Pleasures and we’re thrilled to actually have made it this long! Jonny and Bill are joined by Bill’s brother Dan for a roundtable discussion about everything under the sun, including Jurassic Park 3D, Evil Dead, Friday The 13th, and more.
The guys also chat some music, including the soundtracks to Halo 4 and Bioshock: Infinite as well as groups like Deftones and Rob Zombie‘s upcoming album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. They also go over the upcoming Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and figure out which bands Bill is excited to see! (Hint: it’s not Five Finger Death Punch)
Also, keep your ears peeled back for a guest appearance from one of our favorite bands, Tool! All this and a whole lot more, so give it all a listen below! READ MORE
Back in 2006 Scary Movie 4 took in a disgusting $40M in its opening weekend for Dimension Films. Either audiences have learned their lesson, or they have horror spoof fatigue after A Haunted House earlier this year – but either way, Scary Movie 5 failed to perform this weekend opening at the number 2 spot with an estimated $15,153,000 at 3,402 locations.
What’s more depressing is the -63.1% drop for Evil Dead, which landed $9.5M in the fifth spot. Still, the $41.5M total more than doubles the original trilogy’s gross! With a production budget of $17M, there’s no reason a sequel to the Fede Alvarez-directed remake shouldn’t still be in the cards. Expect a quick turnaround on that – and for studios to lighten up a bit on potential R-rated projects.
You can write your own review of both titles by clicking either link above… or just chime in below. READ MORE
While FilmDistrict and TriStar’s Evil Dead continues to be a #1 here in the states, not every fan that’s been dying to see it is getting the chance. Especially in Australia. It seems like an initial wide release for the film has been altered into a limited release in four theaters across the country – and one of those is for only one showing.
While I’m not sure about the hows and whys around the release plan, I would encourage anyone who clicks on those links to write something to be respectful. I’ve seen a lot of simplistic, angry and erroneous thinking on them – it’s important to realize that people listen more when you intelligently and respectfully plead your case. One way to not get your way is to threaten to steal the movie. Be more original!