Yesterday, we reported that, according to Evil Dead writer Rodo Sayagues, he and director/co-writer Fede Alvarez would not return for Evil Dead 2, and had been off the project for months. Alvarez took to Twitter to explain that people shouldn’t believe everything they read on the Internet, and also told Bloody Disgusting that this was a matter of an interview getting lost in translation. “Rodo meant we’re not actually making Evil Dead 2 right now because the priority is Sam [Raimi's] Army of Darkness 2,” says Alvarez. “But the plan of making a sequel to our Evil Dead is very much alive.”
This is still a tad confusing. It does provide further confirmation that Army of Darkness 2 is really in development, but it’s worth noting that Alvarez’ remake and Raimi’s previous series are completely separate. It’s possible that Sayagues and Alavarez are working as producers and/or writers on Army of Darkness 2, which could be neat.
Fede Alvarez‘ remake of Sam Raimi‘s Evil Dead was a modest hit, and gory beyond all reason. Alvarez and co-writer Rodo Sayagues were tapped to develop a sequel, but now Sayagues says they’re off the project. At Comic-Con, the sequel sounded like it had already stalled with Alvarez telling STYD, “When there’s a story to be told, that’s when the sequel is good … We’re just trying to figure out what story we want to tell,” but it turns out they didn’t have much of a story at all. In a recent interview, Sayagues says they left the project months ago.
Hit the jump for more including the status of Alvarez’ other films, Machina and the adaptation of the video game Dante’s Inferno.
Even though a sequel to Fede Alvarez‘ Evil Dead remake is in the works, Alvarez isn’t attached to direct. Instead, he’s turning his attention to a science fiction project entitled Machina. According to THR, details on the film are being kept under wraps, but Alvarez will be re-teaming with his writing partner, Rodo Sayagues.
Alvarez’s short film Panic Attack! brought him to the attention of original Evil Dead director Sam Raimi, which got the South American director the gig for the remake. Visually, Alvarez delivered some truly shocking moments, so he has the ability to leave an impression on his audience. It’s worth noting that Panic Attack is about giant robots and spaceships attacking Montevideo, Paraguay, so he does already have a slight sci-fi bent, although the short is more in the disaster genre. Hit the jump to check it out.