‘Evil Dead’ Remake Director Confirms Sam Raimi Directing ‘Army of Darkness 2′

Published 11 months ago by , Updated October 28th, 2013 at 5:38 pm,

Sam Raimi Directing Army of Darkness 2 Evil Dead Remake Director Confirms Sam Raimi Directing Army of Darkness 2

Universe building is all the rage in movies these days, and alongside superheroes and sci-fi, horror is expanding its scope as well. Paranormal Activity has a expansion series, The Marked Ones, headed to theaters in early 2014, and after the Evil Dead franchise was revitalized with a successful 2013 remake, there’s been a rapid expansion of that series’ world – both old and new.

First came news that Sam Raimi might be jumping back into the franchise with an Army of Darkness sequel with star Bruce Campbell returning. Things got wilder when it came to light that not only was Campbell back for that project, but that there would also be a sequel to Fede Alvarez’ Evil Dead reboot. Finally heads nearly exploded when fans learned that the Army of Darkness continuity with Campbell and the rebooted Evil Dead 2013 continuity could eventually culminate in a crossover film.

Today however, brings some expected – but nonetheless appreciated – confirmation that Sam Raimi will indeed be returning to the sandbox he first built. While responding to a fan query on TwitterEvil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez dropped the following confirmation about the Army of Darkness sequel:

The Evil Dead remake was a great bit of maniac fun (read our review), and Raimi proved with his work on Drag Me to Hell that his signature blend of outlandish comedic horror has not been diluted by work on blockbuster franchises like Spider-Man (or more recently Oz the Great and Powerful). In the growing list of franchises that are broadening the scope of their respective universes, this Evil Dead/Army of Darkness mix is probably one of the most unexpected – and yet, somehow, one of the most exciting, as well.

Bruce Campbell in Army of Darkness 2 Evil Dead Remake Director Confirms Sam Raimi Directing Army of Darkness 2

Remake star Jane Levy certainly earned her character, Mia, a place in the franchise canon – and no Evil Dead fan can call themselves one if they aren’t raving about Bruce Campbell coming back to wield that chainsaw/shotgun combo again. Right now, in the minds of most fans, we’re about to get three potentially great films in a cult-favorite franchise that managed to survive the dreaded remake process – and we get the director and star who made the franchise great, to boot.

Best load up your boom-stick.

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  1. Groovy!

    • Beat me to it! :-)

  2. Thank god!!! We love you ash!!

  3. Toolshed !

    • I love that anecdote from Bruce himself saying that while on the set of Escape From LA, Kurt Russell brought his son over to Bruce and asked him to say that because his son was such a huge fan.

  4. This is great!!!!!!!!!

  5. Hail to the king, baby.

  6. Screenrant where is the Sam Raimi pic from? It cracks me up for some reason haha.

    • I was wondering the same thing.

    • Spies Like Us

  7. Groovy

  8. soooooooo psyched… I should rewatch the trilogy this week to celebrate :) also gotta watch the remake. I have it on my laptop just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

  9. I hate to be the guy who says it but…they been beatting this horse for years…ill believe it whenmy butt is in the seat at the theater

    • I agree, although I said the exact same thing about Dumb and Dumber To, and thank God, that is finally being made. I’m also hoping that all of the talk about Beetlejuice 2 and Legend of Conan comes to be realized, as well. I so much prefer sequels to reboots!

    • Not really.

      The only ones beating the horse were the fans who kept asking for more, Sam and Bruce were nice for years in saying no, then outright started calling people idiots for asking then did a turnaround and said yes in the past 18 months.

      • Wow, still in moderation for using a word Bruce Campbell has used for fans who asked about Evil Dead sequels for decades? Ok…well I said the anecdote now so no need to take it out of moderation 23 hours later.

  10. Give me some sugar baby!

  11. hell ya! with breaking ba over, i finally have a reason to live again! lol dont tell my wife i said that plz!

  12. Here is my boom stick ( pun intend )

  13. “cannon”
    *canon

  14. Looking forward to this. I just hope it’s a little less cheesy than part one, and gets back to the horror roots a little. I liked that about the Evil Dead remake. Even if not, I’ll probably still watch AOD2, as well as the sequel to the ED remake.

    • I really don’t want much horror to be incorporated into it, because that’s not what Army of Darkness was about. It was a complete comedy, one of the most quotable movies every (clearly from the comments section), and I hope AOD2 sticks to that. We can get back to the horror stuff for the remake’s sequel.

      • I’m not saying all horror, but if you look at the first, it was more horror than comedy, and with each sequel it went towards the comedy side. AoD got a bit too slapstick for me, even though it was fun and quotable. Something like Cabin in the Woods was a good mix.

        And yes, the ED remake was basically just horror and not much comedy, and I’m not saying to go that far for the sequel.

        I guess we’ll see.

        • LMAO, watching Chris ‘Thor’ Hemsworth crash into that force field cracks me up every time. What’s funnier is that it was foreshadowed 5 minutes into the movie. If AoD2 can take it there I’ll be satisfied.

          • how was that scene foreshadowed? I’m trying to remember early in the movie.

  15. I’m really glad Raimi will be directing, don’t get me wrong I actually really enjoyed the Alvarez Evil Dead remake after initially releasing my usual sigh upon hearing the news it would be done. I just like the idea him returning and am interested in how it will differ from the first.

  16. Baby you got real ugly real fast!

  17. Hope they use the slept to long ending continue the story !
    Him figthing in that destroyed future,And in the end when he is in the middle of a fight all hope lost and about to die, some magic portal opens and he is blast back into the remake universe with mia using a spell from the book ! and to her surprise ash came out and chainsaw some Demon..Groovy ! End !
    then crossover !

  18. I hope raimi goes to the horror influence of evil dead 2. I found aod to be hokey, whereas evil dead 2 had a better balance of horror and comedy when it had to be applied. going from that shot of ash by the decimated bridge, to some unseen terror on his tail while he teared it down the road, to his running through every room and through every door in his cabin, to his getting blasted through the forest at top speed by the unseen terror, this just made the movie for me. I sneezed water through my nose from how hard I laughed.

    since we’re quoting ash’s lines
    Annie’s possessed mother: i’ll swallow your soul
    ash: swallow this

  19. Good Ash, bad Ash. I’m the guy with the gun!

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