Evil Dead 4 Beginning Pre-Production; Director Chosen

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 13th, 2011 at 4:26 pm,

Evil Dead 4 Confirmed Director Evil Dead 4 Beginning Pre Production; Director Chosen

Believe it or not, it’s almost been 30 years since The Evil Dead debuted in 1981. It spawned two sequels, including the cult classic Army of Darkness which celebrates its 20th anniversary next year. Still representing the career-defining role for Bruce Campbell, fans have been waiting a long time for him to step back into the role of Ash.

Since 2004 (and we reported on Evil Dead 4 back then), scattered reports, interviews and other mentions spoke of a return of The Evil Dead franchise with Sam Raimi still involved and now it seems to be finally happening although possibly in a different direction.

Last night, Dread Central posted a scoop which explained that editor Bob Murawski, who’s worked with Sam Raimi for years, was heading to Detroit to begin work on Evil Dead 4. The film will reportedly be grounded in its indie roots, much like the first two Evil Dead films. This came from one of their reliable sources so more would be coming soon… and it has!

Bloody Disgusting is now sharing an exclusive of their own which explains that Sam Raimi is preparing to produce the “quasi-remake” of The Evil Dead and that Freddy Alvarez will be sitting in the director’s chair. Alvarez is not a name you know, but his short film Panic Attack! helped him get the gig.

It’s no surprise to see Raimi going with an unknown young director as that’s what he hinted at doing back in 2009. He also said at the time he hoped he could get Bruce Campbell – who got some leading star time earlier this year in Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe - onboard:

“…So one day I hope to have the time to write a script, and if that happens I’m hoping that Bruce will change his mind.”

Raimi said later that year that Campbell would be getting back in shape for the part, but this was over two years ago. We don’t know if Campbell will have a role, but he’s certainly enthusiastic about the remake as the following tweet by him last night indicates:

“Believe in the remake, dawg! The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell.”

Like the original films, Evil Dead 4 (will likely be named something different), will follow Ash in present day as he fights off the undead. While Ash will probably be played by a new poster boy, fans will want to see Campbell back and I wouldn’t be surprised if he had a supporting or cameo role in the flick. Sam Raimi will make that happen.

As we found out more details about whether or not this is a full-on reboot, we’ll let you know.

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Sources: Dread Central, Bloody Disgusting, Bruce Campbell

TAGS: evil dead, evil dead 4

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  1. What? Were you raised in a barn? Shut the door! Probably was raised in a barn, along with the other primitives.

  2. Make it a sequel / reboot!!!! With BRUCE!!!

  3. Dude, so I understand where all of you are coming from and yeah, a 4th with bruce campbell would be amazing, but if they are looking to do a remake, they are probably going to try for a sequel to it, and no offense to Bruce, but he’s not the young buck he was. They need someone compelling and out there like campbell was, but a younger face isnt always a negative. As long as he gives it the green light, it will be good. He won’t put his name on a lump of dog turd. Thats a note to you Raimi, don’t F this up.

    • Im sorry but the legacy of bruce camble as ash must live in. bruce is what makes ther evil dead movies special. And how can they have a remake without the main charactor.and because ash has aged i think they should make a evil dead 4 where its set 18 years from ash’es last acounter with deadite. and he’s in an insain asylam, and deadite break lose into the bilding. and ash excapse and looks through the building for his trusty boomstick and bloody chainsaw, and he fins out professer knobby had a hidden spot in his cabin where he hid notes on how to get rid of the hellish deadites……i dont know thats waht i think they should do

    • The thing is though that Bruce Camjbell is Ash.If they want this film to succeed they need to get Bruce back. Also it sounds like they’re going for staight up horror like the original, which isn’t what made the series as good as it isI still love the original though.

  4. Raimi F’d it up with his spiderman casting, great film (1 and 2 only) but the sound of that dweeby voice of Toby Maguire
    may aswell have cast Keanu ‘mono tone’ Reeves, yawn..

    its simple, a 4th evil dead continues the story of Ash and what he up to now…THEN bring in a younger lead to take the helm for more films?
    Ash can hand over the reigns nicely…!

  5. Omg, fanboy fever alert….*need to….b..r…ea..t..he!* I cannot wait!! This should be awesome. I hope it isn’t all PC. It SHOULD be controversial. I hope it’s more like the first one than the second. The second was good, but it lacked the edginess I think. NO CGI. That is must. The makeup is really unique and looks great, the claymation is brilliant it would probably look even better nowadays. This film should make up for Duke Nukem Forever! Ahh man, seriously I am not looking forward to anything in 2012 apart from this and maybe IP Man 3 if that comes out next year. Now Cliver Baker better hurry up and release The Scarlet Gospels and make the Hellraiser remake already!

  6. We all want Bruce so lets make that happen kthanks

  7. Evil Dead 2 Was Not A Sequel To Evil Dead, But A Remake With A Better Budget, It Pains Me When people Refer To The Films This Way, Even More So When They Refer To Army Of Darkness As Evil Dead 3, LoL

    • Evil Dead 2 was a sequel, Raimi didn’t hold the rights to the original film and he wanted to do a recap at the beginning of the second film so he changed it up a bit. O_o I know my Evil Dead facts :)

    • No, ED2 is NOT a remake of ED, its IS the sequel. The end of ED, the ‘force’ comes flying through the forrest, cabin and into Ash’s face… End of ED. ED2 starts with a ‘recap’ of ED all the way up until the point where ED left off – the ‘force’ flying up into Ash’s face. It is as THAT moment that ED2 begins the next chapter of the story. Where are the blood, guts and bodies? Doesnt matter, ED2 is a sequel, thats a fact. End of story.

      • Ur both right, not getting the rights led to the sequel being filmed with a re-begining…

        as 4 bruce as ash again, only if he loses 30 lbs. I Want another chainsaw weilding character and if the cant do it just keep pumping out video games and howz bout letting bruce cambell voice a cgi army of darkness sequel…

        im over bruce campbell now, he wants to be Sam Axe so let him.

        the movie the fall of sam axe is pretty good. *spoiler*

        In the sam axe movie Bruce chucks a red chainsaw at some bad guy, pretty awsome…

      • Evil Dead 2 is not a sequel. Read Bruce’s book and listen to the commentary dudes. It is a remake…

  8. Evil Dead 2 IS basically Evil Dead 1 made better……we don’t want a new remake…..we want the next sequel with Bruce Campbell as Ash…….no Bruce then don’t bother

  9. Needs to be set in the future, where one of the endings to Army of Darkness left off.

  10. my work

  11. It should start off where the original ending of AoD left off and NOT where the theatrical release ended in the S-Mart. That way Bruce’s age will fit the story perfectly since he over slept. Ash in a post apocalyptic Earth devastated by Deadites because he spoke the words wrong! Klatu… Verata… Ne… Ne *COUGH*. Okay then.

  12. Need a evil dead …army of darkness sequal not a remake …been waiting long snuff ….we want Bruce campbell….not a new actor…nor a remake…why….fans been waiting …don’t disappointed us……no remake…..do sequel ….with Bruce campbell…..not even interested in watching if not……give us broomstick baby…yo she b**** lets dance…

  13. No Bruce Campbell as Ash, no interest in seeing it. Simple

  14. of course bruce must be ash. he made the films special. no bruce, no ash, no fun, no fans. simple as that.
    bruce was awesome in “my name is bruce” so when it comes down to his age: who cares as long as the action is good and the jokes are as funny as usual.
    just continue the story where army of darkness ended. evil dead 2 was a remake of 1 and it was the way better film, in fact it was so good it cant be beaten so another remake would be futile.

  15. evil dead II: dead by dawn was a sequel! no matter what you THINK you know, It is a fact, stomach it, deal with it, and move on! army of darkness was evil dead 3, end of story!

  16. Berengius and the rest who “think” it’s a sequel can’t even provide a decent argument based on logic.

    to make my point:

    - the protagonist in evil dead is named Ashley „Ash“ J. Williams who finds the necronomicon in a remote cabin.
    - the protagonist in evil dead 2 is also named Ashley „Ash“ J. Williams who finds the necronomicon in the same place and has never heard of it before.
    oh, maybe it’s a namesake (the very same name) basically in same situation/story? a coincidence? i don’t think so

    so how is that supposed to be a sequel then? it can’t be if u consider ash as the same guy even though he changed.
    and for most people bruce cambell as ash is the center of the story, his story.
    and a story usually develops like army of darkness continious ash’s tale. this is exactly what’s missing when it comes to 1 and 2.
    or else u could always do the same movie again and again with a slightly changed story starring the same guy and always calling it a sequel.
    what a nonsense.

    even if raimi or cambell or elvis state differently, i don’t care as i prefer some common sense.

  17. Right a few of you seem very misinformed in the evil dead 2 dead by dawn is a remake of the original. NO IT’S NOT! Try researching something before you try to make factual ( pmsl ) statements. Try reading interviews with Rami or listening to the DVD commentary. He couldn’t use the footage from the original at the beginning as the rights were owned by a different studio hence to cover the story for people who hadn’t seen the first ( and let’s not forget the original was banned in most of europe by the time the sequel was created ) leading to Rami reshooting the basic information needed for a catchup for an audience who hadn’t seen a small indie film that had been removed from the market. This movie was unlike its parent movie was released at the cinema and to a whole new audience. Please excuse me guys if my grammar is a bit off and i my repeat myself as I’m nicely toasted at the moment.

    • Evil Dead 2 is meant to be both a remake AND a sequel to the original.. Raimi and Campbell have both said this in interviews and on DVD commentaries.. They did a back story for those who hadn’t seen the original and changed it up.. but this back story was a long back story.. essentially making it more of a remake than a sequel.. then they continued the story onward to carry forward to Army of Darkness.

      The confusion is that they have referred to it as a sequel sometimes and as a remake in others.. and both are true statements.. But they definitely changed the story of the first film which is often the case in a remake.

  18. Right a few of you seem very misinformed in the evil dead 2 dead by dawn is a remake of the original. NO IT’S NOT! Try researching something before you try to make factual statements. Try reading interviews with Rami or listening to the DVD commentary. He couldn’t use the footage from the original at the beginning as the rights were owned by a different studio hence to cover the story for people who hadn’t seen the first and let’s not forget the original was banned in most of europe by the time the sequel was created, leading to Rami reshooting the basic information needed for a catchup for an audience who hadn’t seen a small indie film that had been removed from the market. This movie was unlike its parent movie and was made for a cinema release and to a whole new audience. Please excuse me guys if my grammar is a bit off and i my repeat myself as I’m nicely toasted at the moment.

  19. Hi all,
    As an avid fan of the first three Evil Deads, I can’t wait for the next installment, and I along with many fans agree that Bruce needs to have an acting role in the movie. As far as I’m concerned, he should continue playing the lead character of Ash, and the idea of a new poster boy playing the part just isn’t right. Bruce is Ash ! Bruce is Evil Dead !

    Cheers

    Noel Stephen Evans

  20. point blank they diddnt know what the F they were doing with the films but thanks to bruce campbell they were ausome. if you ask me i say make it a remake/sequel. up it to todays standard of indie ausomeness. the chainsaw armed smart ass boom stick wielder must fight ravenous zombies in a apocalyptic world. bruce campbell would be ausome and i dont mind seeing a wierd twist ending leaving the door open for another movie. dont f this up sam raimi.

  21. Who cares whether Evil Dead 2 was a remake or a sequel? It’s trivial really they were both good films in their own rights so there’s no use whinging and arguing like little girls…

  22. What’s going on…..it’s been a YEAR…..surely someone must have something more current.

  23. I hope Bruce gets the part because I think it wont be a great show without him =).

  24. I won’t go see any Evil Dead movies that don’t have Bruce as Ash in them.

  25. Bruce MUST be Ash. choosing someone else to be Ash is stupid.
    they should work with Bruce, his age etc. If Kevin Sorbo can still do movies, so can Bruce Campbell.
    If they want a sequel, why not set it in modern day times. The Evil has come back (like in the comics) Ash is older, but still “The Chosen One”
    Personally, i think that following the comics is the best way to go
    Many die hard Evil Dead fans have read the evil dead comics, they were awesome!

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