Under normal circumstances, a remake or a reboot is typically Hollywood's way of saying, "Forget about the old movies, we're bringing you something new!" For example, at this stage in the game nobody is thinking that we'll ever see a direct sequel to Spider-Man 3 or Batman and Robin. But apparently that's not the case for the Evil Dead .
While the remake of the 80s horror classic is set to premiere at SXSW and hit theaters on on April 5th, apparently hopes for a sequel to the Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness aren't completely dead. The filmmaker is currently doing the press tour for the upcoming Oz The Great and Powerful, and at a recent Meet The Filmmakers event in London, via Bleeding Cool, the director has confirmed that plans for Evil Dead 4 not only exist, but are in active development. Said Raimi during the event, "I would love to make Evil Dead 4. My brother and I plan to work on the script this summer." While Ted Raimi has appeared as an actor in all three of the previous films, presumably Sam is referring to his brother Ivan, who previously worked on the scripts for Drag Me to Hell, Army of Darkness and Darkman.
As excited as I am for the remake - and how could you not be after the sick, stellar red band trailer that came out in January - this news totally blows my mind. Creating a sequel in addition to a remake truly is the best of both worlds, as we'll be able to see what the modern take on the story is in addition to learning about the future adventures of Ash, the legendary hero played by Bruce Campbell. There is one thing that this story has me left wondering: is it possible that the Evil Dead remake isn't a remake at all and is really just a continuation of the original story that will have Ash return and continue the adventure? We'll just have to wait and find out.
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