Here's some more "Evil Dead" sequel news, only, this time, we're not talking about the long-rumored "Evil Dead 4"; instead, we're talking about something that seems more possible and imminent in a follow-up to Fede Alvarez's upcoming remake. Following the world premiere of "Evil Dead" at South By Southwest, Alvarez and company revealed that work is already underway on a possible sequel, and he's since discussed the film in more specific terms.
In a follow-up interview with Collider, the director expressed a definite interest in continuing on with this franchise and said he and his crew are deciding where to take it. At this point, they're in the process of "starting to build a story and figure out what kind of movie it's going to be."
No matter what they end up settling on, Alvarez believes it will have to "shock everybody" (and if the early buzz is any indication, he's set the bar high with the first film). He continued to draw a comparison to the original series and noted that his sequel will need to "go to a different place just like 'Army of Darkness' did with 'Evil Dead 2.'"
When asked if that meant he would follow in the footsteps of the original series, Alvarez insisted that wouldn't quite be the case. Instead, he's going to set out to "create something different and completely new," which is "exciting" for the director since the next film will be "completely new, fresh, 100% original."
Rather than setting out to craft a remake like he did with his "Evil Dead," Alvarez has no intentions of simply retreading Raimi's "Evil Dead 2." He claimed that "this next one" is "not a remake" of that sequel but will instead be "something completely new and different."
Alvarez also couldn't avoid questions about possible competition in the form of Raimi's own "Evil Dead 4," but he doesn't seem to be all that worried about it. In fact, according to Alvarez, Raimi isn't actively working on the project.
While Alvarez is aware that Raimi "wants to do it," he also knows that "he wants to try and find the best movie for it." He did mention that Raimi has pitched him a possible story involving "Bruce [Campbell] and Ash for 'Evil Dead 4,'" but Alvarez also insisted that Raimi isn't actually working on a script right now.
Regardless, it looks like the "Evil Dead" franchise will be with us in one form or another in the future; unlike Raimi's "Evil Dead 4," a follow-up to Alvarez's remake doesn't seem to hinge on the filmmaker's interest so much as the film's eventual reception. Assuming it mops up at the box office next month, it seems likely that his "Evil Dead 2" could be in theaters within the next couple of years. Groovy.
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