What’s Sam Raimi up to with The Evil Dead?

Is the long-mooted Evil Dead IV finally coming? Or is there a remake on the cards?

It’s little secret that Sam Raimi has long teased a fourth instalment in the Evil Dead series, but rarely has there come a time when it’s looked close to him making it. He’s chatted a few times about how progress is being made slowly with a script, but the magical call to Bruce Campbell doesn’t seem to have come just yet. And we fear it might just be one of those projects that we want, but never get to see.

However, there may be a glimmer of light. In a new interview with producer Rob Tapert over at Freep, he reveals that he and Raimi are chatting about a screenplay for the fourth Evil Dead adventure. “It’s possible. We’re looking at a script this month,” he said.

Are you ready for the worrying bit, yet? Tapert continues thus:

“What’s interesting about Evil Dead is very few people saw it in the format we made it for, which is for the theater. … I think Sam wants to embrace the ultimate experience in gruelling terror and see it remade for a proper theatrical experience.”

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You saw the word in there, didn’t you? “Remade”? Here’s hoping that’s just a turn of phrase, as we suspect it might be, and that there’s genuine progress afoot on a new Evil Dead sequel. We still wouldn’t bet a fat lot of cash/coffee/cake on it, but what’s the world without a little hope?

For now, we wait to hear what Mr Raimi has to say on the matter…


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