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.