‘Evil Dead’ Reboot Sequel, ‘Army of Darkness 2,’ & a Crossover Movie Planned

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 3rd, 2013 at 5:36 pm,

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It was recently revealed that Sam Raimi and one of his brothers are planning to write the script for Army of Darkness 2 this summer, and that Bruce Campbell had agreed to star in it even if the film was just “me and a walker fighting some other old guy.” In addition to this, Fede Alvarez has already announced that he is working on the sequel to his remake of the original film, Evil Dead, which is out in theaters on April 5th and has received generally positive reviews from critics. But why stop at just two more movies?

The Evil Dead‘s cast and crew appeared on a panel at Wondercon last weekend to promote the film and, according to Coming Soon, Alvarez “has big plans for the franchise“:

“He’d like to make a sequel to this one while Sam Raimi moves forward with Army of Darkness 2. Then, both worlds would combine for a final, seventh film.”

Bruce Campbell, who produced the Evil Dead remake as well as starred in the original trilogy, added that he thinks “seven is a nice number.” Combine this with his previous statement that he will never say no to Sam Raimi, and it’s safe to say that Campbell is a lock in the casting for any future sequels that follow the Ashley Williams story arc.

Since there are two endings to the original Army of Darkness film, it will be interesting to see which ending Army of Darkness 2 accepts at canon. Did Ash return safely (for a given measure of “safe”) to his own time and to his job in the Housewares department of S-Mart, or did he sleep too long? While a crossover with Alvarez’s films makes the former more likely, possibly with Ash acting as a kind of mentor figure to the young folk who find themselves newly plagued by the Deadites, there’s also potential in the franchise for a decent post-apocalyptic horror.

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It will also be interesting to see how well the two different flavors of film blend together. Raimi specifically described his planned sequel as Army of Darkness 2, rather than Evil Dead 4, because of the distinctive differences in tone between the two titled films – while the first two Evil Dead movies were horror films with a heavy emphasis on splatter and gore, Army of Darkness is more a fish-out-of-water fantasy, with the horror elements playing second fiddle to the slapstick comedy and Bruce Campbell’s many one-liners.

Alvarez’s remake (based on the trailers, at least) appears to be a more straight-faced horror with the primary intent of seriously scaring its audience. However, Evil Dead 2 was more or less a halfway point between the straight horror of The Evil Dead and the slapstick of Army of Darkness, so it’s perfectly possible the planned crossover would also be able to strike this balance as well.

Of course, all the planning in the world counts for little without a studio greenlight, so we’ll have to wait and see how well Evil Dead does at the box office before estimating the likelihood of a sequel, let alone three of them. But like Sam Raimi and Fede Alvarez, we can always dream. So, what should the crossover be called? Army of the Evil Dead? Or how about Evil Dead: Into Darkness?

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The Evil Dead is out in theaters on April 5, 2013.

Source: Coming Soon

TAGS: army of darkness 2, evil dead, Evil Dead 2

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  1. Sounds good.

    • I think you mean, “Groovy”.

      Oh that’s wicked! As I’m writing this, the trailer for Evil Dead aired. Now that’s groovy!

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      • Screw Shoprite. I shop smart. I shop S-Mart.

        • Thank you Goomba Tip for saying exactly what needed to be said.

  2. Hell yes “hail to the king baby” :D

    • “Lady, I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask you to leave the store.”

  3. Alright you primitive screw-heads, listen up. Greenlight these projects now.

    Signed, every Evil Dead fan ever.

  4. Groovy that means 2 people with chainsaw hands

  5. This is a cruel, cruel, April Fool’s Day prank, isn’t it? T.T
    I was visibly overexcited for 2.5 seconds, but then when I remembered the date.

  6. * then I remembered the date.

  7. This isn’t an April Fool’s joke everyone!
    Sam said this last weekend. It’s going to happen!!!

  8. I so can’t wait to see Evil dead. I have to wait until next monday though because thats my day off. So the anticipation will make it that much more exciting.

    I don’t know about an Army of Darkness 2. It seems that re-hashing of old 80′s ideas are for the most part a bad idea( Although two diffrent entites , look at sly stallone for example) . I’m not saying don’t do it , just take the time to get the story right. But! It’s Sam Rami , I think Drag me to Hell was the only film he did that I didn’t like.

    It would be nice to see the chin with his own movie again , instead of Cameos.

    • Army of Darkness was made in 1992. not in the 80s friend.

  9. This is my BOOM STICK!!!!

  10. Good Ash, Bad Ash, I’m the guy with the gun!

  11. Given Campbell’s age I would assume the sequel would be the slept too late version. I just hope we get a good story out of this instead of bringing the character back ala Indiana Jones with a subpar storyline.

  12. Glad to see the Evil Dead get a killer remake. Totally KILLER!!!!!!!

  13. Please be real, PLEASE BE REAL!!!

  14. Gimme so sugar baby……… Plez happen no ifs ands or buts

  15. I’m calling shenanigans on this. The tones between the two series are entirely too different.

    I guess unless the reboot’s sequels embraces the slapstick genre… then they would be right on track.

  16. I’m in, just me personally I’d like to see Army of Darkness 2 pick up at S*Mart. It worked in the comics, it’d work on screen. And since Bruce has a cameo in the new Evil Dead ( though it has not been said to what extent ie Ash) if it is Ash, then why not combine the two? Lastly, if they do pick up A.O.D2 at S*Mart, we get more Ted Raimi as well!!! It’s a win win situation!

    • The alternate ending for the original army of darkness had ash standing in a ruined city with deadites flying around…..klaatu barada nic…cough cough…..what coulda possibly gone wrong???

  17. gotta love alternate endings lol

  18. I love the alternate ending for Army of Darkness. I thought they should of stick with that ending it’s way better. It has a potential for a 3rd sequel for another genre: a post-apocalyptic horror. The ending #1 suck but I just imagine that he was dreaming the whole time while he was talking to his S-Mart co-workers and killing that demon she-b*tch he call it. lol

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