The team behind the Evil Dead remake is getting back together, but it’s not for a sequel. Ghost House Pictures announced today that Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will reunite with writing partners Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues on the thriller A Man in the Dark. Alvarez and Sayagues wrote the 2013 Evil Dead remake, which Raimi and Tapert produced and Alvarez directed, and they will all assume those same roles on this new film. The story revolves around three teens with a penchant for robbery who set their sights on one last score: a reclusive blind man with millions of dollars in hiding. Once they break into his home, however, they find themselves trapped and fighting for survival against a psychopath with secrets of his own.
Hit the jump for more, including what this means for the Evil Dead sequel.
While Alvarez’s Evil Dead remake was a solid success, grossing nearly $100 million worldwide, movement on a follow-up has been slow. Last we heard, Alvarez said Evil Dead 2 was still in the cards, but coming up with a fresh idea for the sequel was proving difficult. Moreover, Raimi and Tapert have separately been working on Army of Darkness 2, and with today’s news that the duo are backing a new film from Alvarez and Sayagues, it kind of feels like Evil Dead 2 might be dead and Raimi and Tapert are producing A Man in the Dark as a sort of consolation prize for Alvarez. If this means the priority is on a Raimi-directed Army of Darkness 2, then that’s completely fine by me.
Read the full press release regarding the promising A Man in the Dark below:
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 30, 2014) – Ghost House Pictures announced today that Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will re-team with Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues on the writing duo’s thriller A MAN IN THE DARK. Alvarez previously directed and co-wrote the screenplay with Sayagues on EVIL DEAD, the hit retelling of Raimi’s classic which grossed nearly $100 million in worldwide box office.
Alvarez is set to direct A MAN IN THE DARK, and Raimi and Tapert will produce for Ghost House. J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will executive produce. Erin Westerman will oversee for the company. Good Universe will be launching international sales at the upcoming American Film Market. WME Global will be handling the North American sale.
In A MAN IN THE DARK, three teens who get away with perfectly planned home robberies have set their sights on one last payout that will get them out of crime forever. Their target: a reclusive blind man with millions of dollars in hiding. But as soon as they break into his home, the tables are turned and they find themselves trapped and fighting for survival against a psychopath with secrets of his own.
Alvarez is represented by WME, Anonymous Content and Karl Austen of Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein. Sayagues is represented by WME and Anonymous Content. Dan Freedman negotiated their deals on behalf of Ghost House Pictures.