Fede Alvarez has revealed that the rumored horror sequel Army of Darkness 2 will indeed be directed by Sam Raimi. A follower on the Evil Dead director's Twitter page asked the question. This is how he answered.
This comes just days after franchise star Bruce Campbell confirmed that the project was still alive and moving full steam ahead.
"The last one was twenty-two years ago. I just haven't been racing to do it. Sam Raimi is just a little bit busy making the biggest movies in Hollywood. I used to be busy. Now I'm not. That's why I'm here.
Ash would have to stop occasionally from chasing some deadite to catch his breath. Maybe we could do that, I guess. That would be exciting. Fight in a walker. That would be alright. Hit them with my cane. Fake them out, have a fake heart attack, distract a zombie. I like it. Alright sir, the answer is yes."
When Fede Alvarez's relaunch of the franchise hit theaters this past spring, it was rumored that he would be making Evil Dead 2 with Jane Levy while Sam Raimi made Army of Darkness 2 with Bruce Campbell. This will, presumably, then culminate in a seventh and final film that brings both Bruce's Ash and Jane's Mia together to fight the deadites in one epic climax. This was teased in the after credits sequence of 2013's Evil Dead.
This was the last Sam Raimi had to say about the franchise back in March.
"Those guys made me say that. I am thinking about it but a crowd goes 'Come on Sam, do it!' So I said 'Okay, I guess I was talking to my brother about it.' But I feel like I was pushed into saying that, a little bit. In the hallway today I joked with Ivan (Raimi) [his brother] "Get working on that script!" but I really don't know.
I'm afraid that every time I talk about it people get really mad at me when I don't follow through with it. I would like to work on the script over the summer, that much is true. But the reason to come back and do it again is only that they're making me, those fans.
I was saying to Ivan 'Why do they stay on this thing? Why do they keep at it?' He said 'They want to make a movie. You're a filmmaker and your fans are asking you to make the movie. What are you, an idiot? Make the movie!' I guess there's something I don't see. It makes sense when Ivan says it... but I didn't have a tremendous amount of passion until right now to bring to it.
I love working with Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert, I have so much fun making those movies, but the fans are really forcing me into it."
How soon we will see any further films from this franchise is anybody's guess, but its likely that we will see more Evil Dead before the end of the decade. Maybe.