Update: Alvarez recently tweeted to a fan that the fan shouldn’t believe everything he reads online, and confirmed to Bloody-Disgusting that he and Rodo Sayagues are actually still involved with a sequel. “Rodo meant we’re not actually making ‘Evil Dead 2′ right now because the priority is Sam’s ‘Army of Darkness 2.’ But the plan of making a sequel to our ‘Evil Dead’ is very much alive.” So there you have it. Original article follows.
There has been a lot of news about the Evil Dead universe recently, so let’s recap before we get into today’s news. At the SXSW premiere of the Evil Dead remake, director Fede Alvarez told the festival crowd that a sequel was already being developed. Last week, Kate wrote about how original Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell promised he’ll appear in a separate Army of Darkness sequel, and on Monday, Alvarez tweeted that Sam Raimi would be directing that project. It started to seem as if the larger plan of merging the storylines of the new films and the original movie series into one mega-movie was all coming together smoothly, but those plans just hit a big speed bump.
Look, I am sorry to tell you this but that movie won’t happen. Evil Dead 2 is not going to happen, at least not with us involved. We left that project many months ago because we preferred to put our energies on other things. I don’t know if the producers still have intentions of making it. But what I can tell you is that we are not part of that project.
It’s always a bummer to hear about ambitious plans falling apart, because ambition should be rewarded and celebrated in today’s risk-averse Hollywood landscape. With Alvarez and Sayagues moving on (likely to Dante’s Inferno, the live-action take on the video game based on the classic story), we’ll have to wait and see if Sony decides to push forward with that continuity or wait and see what kind of response Army of Darkness 2 gets before possibly resuming the plan to connect the two storylines.
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