“EVIL DEAD 2” Won’t Come from Remake Director AlvarezMovies/TV,News Samuel Zimmerman
EVIL DEAD 2013 was immensely divisive. Arriving with an anticipation few contemporary horror films have garnered, the result is a total gorefest, delightfully achieved with mostly practical FX. But that does not a film make, despite the accompaniment of often stunning visuals from director Fede Alvarez. Still, it opened both at SXSW and in theaters to an enthusiastic reception, and at the former, Alvarez announced a sequel was already being developed. Months on, following plenty of buzz talk about crossing the reboot’s timeline with the original series and Sam Raimi helming an ARMY OF DARKNESS 2, it seems the redo’s follow-up has stalled.
Speaking to Gorosito, Alvarez’s co-writer Rodo Sayagues reveals, “Look, I’m sorry to tell you this but that movie is not going to happen. EVIL DEAD 2 is not going to happen…We departed from that project many months ago because we preferred to invest in some other things and I have no idea if the producers still want to make it. So the only thing I can tell you about it is we are not part of it now.”
Discussing the crossover concept briefly, he notes, “…that was an idea and actually Sam Raimi is writing the script for ARMY OF DARKNESS 2 now, but we are no longer involved with the EVIL DEAD sequel.”
Forgive me for being optimistic, but this is good news. While not successful, there’s something great in the atmosphere of EVIL DEAD and it will be nice to see if Alvarez and Sayagues can hone their work outside of a series with so much weight/history.