Well this is a bit of pleasantly surprising news. Ever since Army of Darkness was released in 1992, Evil Dead fans have been wondering if/when we would see a fourth film in the beloved horror franchise. Though writer/director Sam Raimi never publicly shut the idea down, the production of the Evil Dead remake left many wondering if Raimi had closed the door on the old franchise in favor of putting together a new series of Evil Dead films. Well it appears that Deadites can have their cake and eat it too, as Raimi recently revealed that he and his brother Ivan Raimi plan to work on the script for Evil Dead 4 this summer. Hit the jump for more.
While speaking at a press conference for his upcoming film Oz the Great and Powerful, Raimi dropped the Evil Dead bomb (via Bleeding Cool):
“I would love to make Evil Dead 4. My brother and I plan to work on the script this summer.”
Exciting stuff, yeah? There’s no guarantee that Sam and Ivan will actually complete the script this summer, and there’s still the question of financing, but it’s absolutely reassuring to know that the series’ creators are keen on moving forward with another sequel. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of story they cook up (Ash has to come back, right?) and how/if this fits in with director Fede Alvarez’s upcoming remake. The redo was produced by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who both had a heavy hand in the production, so it’s not as if they’re putting together Evil Dead 4 just to spite the remake.
I’m sure we’ll hear more from Raimi concerning Evil Dead 4 in the coming months as the release of both Oz the Great and Powerful and the Evil Dead remake loom closer. For now, keep those fingers crossed.