The filmmaker clarified his comments at a press conference, where he revealed he was somewhat goaded into giving that response. However, the director also said he has more passion than ever to make the sequel.
"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."
Sam Raimi's latest film, Oz: The Great and Powerful, opens nationwide on March 8. We'll keep you posted with any updates on the status of Evil Dead 4 as soon as more information is released. The Evil Dead remake which Sam Raimi produced arrives in theaters April 5.