Fans of the Evil Dead franchise have been clamoring for a fourth film for decades. They’ve imagined Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash and they’ve taken comfort in the Evil Dead-style “spookablast” of Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell. But hard news of an actual sequel has been scarce. However, today offers the most promising news yet for Evil Dead 4. Dread Central reports that editor Bob Murawski (Army of Darkness) has gone to Detroit to begin work on the project, which will be “a small indie thing like the first two.” But when star Bruce Campbell was questioned by a fan on Twitter about the project’s veracity, he responded, “Believe in the remake, dawg! The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell.”
I believe the correct response to that news is “Groovy.” Hit the jump for my thoughts on the sequel.
There are some franchises that I believe should be left dormant, but I’m always up for another Evil Dead film. Raimi showed he still has his horror-comedy chops with Drag Me to Hell and the storyline of the Evil Dead films thus far has been the loosest of trilogies. It is interesting that Campbell says the new installment will be “Scary as hell,” since the last film in the series, Army of Darkness, ditched almost all the scares in favor of comedy. The other question is whether or not this will be a true sequel or a kind of reboot that keeps Ash but sets up a new protagonist for future movies.
Finally, there’s the question if Raimi will even direct. He’s currently handling Oz, the Great and Powerful and that film isn’t due to arrive until March 8, 2013. Still, as a low-budget indie, I can totally see Ash wielding his chainsaw once more.