After producing the 2013 remake of Evil Dead and three seasons of Ash vs. Evil Dead on Starz, you might assume that Sam Raimi had finally gotten the Evil Dead out of his system once and for all. But surprisingly, the director recently dropped some hints that the horror franchise may yet have some life left in it. Bruce Campbell publicly retired the Ash character after Season 3 of Ash vs. Evil Dead, but Raimi still has some ideas on how to continue the movie series and claims to be pursuing them as we speak. Here’s what he had to say about the possibility of another Evil Dead movie:
“I’d love to make another one. I don’t think TV is in its future but we’re talking about – Bruce [Campbell], Rob [Tapert] and myself – one or two different ways to go for the next movie… I would be thrilled if Bruce Campbell changed his mind about retirement, would come back for the original Evil Dead line. But if not, I’m very happy to work with, if Fede [Álvarez] would come back and make the sequel… but he’s such a big shot now. He’s so successful, an artist in demand, that I don’t think he’d want to do that… But there’s also a third possibility we’re talking about. So I think you may see some action on the Evil Dead movie in the next six months.”
This is somewhat surprising, although it certainly does not sound likely that Raimi would direct it himself. It has been six years since he directed Oz the Great and Powerful, and although he has had plenty of other projects in development since then, none of them currently seem close to becoming a reality. Perhaps he is content to continue focusing on producing and the Evil Dead is now just another potentially valuable franchise in his back pocket. Do you have any interest in a new Evil Dead movie with or without Bruce Campbell?