It has been eight years since 2013's Evil Dead remake resurrected the iconic 80's horror franchise. Evil Dead was well received by the audience and grossed $97.5 million at the box office on a modest budget of $17 million. Its success resulted in a TV series Ash vs Evil Dead starring Bruce Campbell, which premiered on Starz in 2015 and ran for three seasons. And now another movie, Evil Dead Rise, is in the making with franchise creator Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell as producers. But what about the sequel to the 2013 film starring Jane Levy?
Fans have been demanding a follow-up movie to the Fede Alvarez directed Evil Dead remake for a long time, and at one point, it looked like a real possibility too, with plans to merge the narratives of Levy's Mia Allen and Campbell's Ash Williams. But Alvarez chose to make the low-budget horror Don't Breathe instead of Evil Dead 2, and since then, the movie has been in development hell.
Talking to Comicbook, Fede Alvarez shed light on his plans for the Evil Dead 2 and whether there is any hope for the film actually being made. Here is what he said,
"There is definitely a chance. The problem is, we have to stop saying there is a chance, because then there's a headline the next day, 'There's a new movie coming!' and, no! This is what I can tell: (producers) Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi, we're like family. We get together once in a while, we had a great experience making that movie, they gave us (Alvarez and co-writer Rodo Sayagues) a career in this business. We always discuss that and there was some discussion very early on about a sequel and we haven't gotten to write it, we never wrote a script, but we knew where it was gonna go and, at that point, for some reason, it didn't happen. And now it went (the Evil Dead Rise) route."
Well, it looks like Alvarez isn't opposed to Evil dead 2; After all, the first one launched his and Rodo Sayagues' Hollywood career. But with the pair choosing to make Don't Breathe and then its sequel, Sony decided to expand the franchise with Evil Dead Rise.
Alvarez then talked some more about the status of the potential sequel and revealed that he is just looking for the right story.
"I think anything can happen in the world of Evil Dead. It's such a fascinating world, there's so many fans out there that want to see it, so it will just have to happen that all of us suddenly align in some moment in our lives and we go, 'Wouldn't it be great to do this?' and have the perfect idea. We all gravitate towards that, usually, the perfect story that we all want to go, 'That has not been told before, let's do it.' That's what we need, just to find the story at some point and find the time."
While Sony's plans for Evil Dead Rise may have set back Evil Dead 2 by a few years, there is still hope for the film; At least director Fede Alvarez thinks so. But don't fret - fans can satisfy their hunger for gore and dark comedy with Evil Dead Rise coming to HBO Max next year. Irish filmmaker Lee Cronin (The Hole in the Ground) is writing and directing the film with Alyssa Sutherland (Vikings) and Lily Sullivan (Mental) in the lead. Evil Dead Rise will be an original story set in the Evil Dead universe with new characters and will swap the remote cabin for more urban surroundings.
Alvarez and partner Rodo Sayagues are currently busy promoting their upcoming horror thriller Don't Breathe 2. The first film was an exercise in nerve-racking tension and provided the audience with an unlikely antagonist, a blind man. Played by Stephen Lang, The Blind Man returns in Don't Breathe 2, currently playing in theaters. Be sure to check it out.