Is “ARMY OF DARKNESS 2″ simply a Bruce Campbell joke?
EVIL DEAD star and noted ham Bruce Campbell, in addition to EVIL DEAD producer Rob Tapert and EVIL DEAD 2013 director Fede Alvarez, have all at some point or another this year spoken to the possible existence of ARMY OF DARKNESS 2. Whether it being currently in development, or an active focus for Sam Raimi, each has played a part in stoking the fire of an unnecessary sequel, whipping fans both adoring of and underwhelmed by the EVIL DEAD reboot, into a frenzy. But is it all a silly game? To Bruce Campbell, is everything?
He who keeps the audience laughing at conventions—often lightly at their own expense—seems to be having a laugh to himself, and again at the fans’ expense. When asked by Erin Darling and Shock Till You Drop about ARMY OF DARKNESS 2, he explained, “It’s all Internet b.s. – 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.”
There’s something of a difference between random comments and active discussion, but considering the contradictions that arise from the EVIL DEAD camp (Alvarez recently debunked the idea he and writer Rodo Sayagues have walked away from their own EVIL DEAD 2), we may not know which is which.
If I were one with a more fervent interest or disinterest in ever seeing a continuation of the EVIL DEAD series (count me as one of the AoD detractors), this might all be bothersome. Instead, it seems a mix of three things: a) simple misdirection from all involved parties, b) a dark inside joke or c) a lesson we can all learn in not jumping at all speculation.