Sam Raimi Talks Spider-Man 4 & Evil Dead 4

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 3:38 pm,

In an interview with AICN recently at SXSW, after screening his new horror flick Drag Me To Hell, fanboy favorite Sam Raimi spilled some more beans on the much anticipated fourth installments in the Spider-Man and Evil Dead franchises.

Those are two franchises that we all want to see be continued in some form or another, and the news that Raimi would indeed, be coming back for a fourth (and a fifth Spider-Manalong with Tobey Maguire), as well as 20-year long rumblings of him doing another Evil Dead flick, certainly inspires infinitely more confidence than if some random director had taken the reigns of either of them.

Here’s what he had to say about each of the movies/franchises:

Spider-Man 4

Raimi revealed that his very next project after he’s done with Drag Me To Hell will, indeed, be Spider-Man 4 (i.e. no other secret project out of nowhere that pushes Spidey back even further), and when asked about whether or not he’ll be filming Spider-Man 4 and 5 back-to-back, Raimi said:

“No one’s talked to me about making part 5 at this moment. Right now I’m hoping to make part 4.”

On talking about the progress of the fourth film, Raimi replied:

“Well, it’s a never-ending process. Basically we are talking about the story right now, shortly artists will come on and I’ll start giving them shots to draw. We are supposed to start talking to a production designer soon, so it will just keep getting larger and larger.”

The question was brought up of whether or not it was easier to go back to working on a franchise when he already know so much about it, or whether it was like starting from scratch:

“Some of it is like going back to square one. For instance in the beginning Jim Achenson, our costume designer had to design the Spider-Man suit completely from scratch, but in the second one, we went to probably 25 redesign elements of the Spider-Man suit…”

“In the third picture, we felt that the technology had changed enough that it was time to skin Spider-Man and start him over again, so we actually had to start from the ground up again, but it wasn’t so much exterior skin design as much as it was the armature that drove him, so we are going to evaluate when the team comes together, I don’t have a visual effects supervisor yet, ‘what were we unsatisfied with? What aspects?’”

“…whenever the picture comes out we want to make sure we were shooting above the bar as it currently stands as far as visual effects go and we may or may not make that, but that will be my team’s goal when we start.”

Evil Dead 4

When asked about the surprising lack of blood in Drag Me To Hell, Raimi responded by saying he didn’t want it to be the same as the Evil Dead movies in that respect, and that he does really want to do another:

“There’s not a lot of blood [in Drag Me To Hell]. I don’t have a problem with the blood, but EVIL DEAD 4 is all about blood and gore and EVIL DEAD movies and I really like the EVIL DEAD movies and I really want to make another EVIL DEAD movie sometime. I don’t want to say when, because everyone keeps getting mad at me…”

He went on to confirm that he and Ivan (older brother and co-writer of Spider-Man 3Army of Darkness and Drag Me To Hell) have an idea they’ve been working on, but basically said “no comment” when asked any more about it. After having the fact that he’s doing Spider-Man 4 next brought up, he said that, “it’d be nice to work on it [Evil Dead 4] after that.”

It’s great to hear directly from Raimi that he really does want to do another Evil Dead movie, and that things are gearing up for Spider-Man 4. It seems like doing Drag Me To Hell might have been just the ticket to spur him onto finally getting going with at least the idea for Evil Dead 4. Only Raimi can make this thing – I’m glad Hollywood didn’t try and take the franchise from him just for the sake of getting another one made (or, heaven forbid, do a remake…).

Although Raimi made a disaster of a movie with the last Spider-Man (I’m still having nightmares…), he still was ultimately the guy who gave us the first two. From those two movies we can all see he clearly has a love for the titular character, and I hope he is able to find the creativity he has shown in past movies that he has, and injects a boatload of it into the fourth movies of both franchises.

For the full interview with Sam Raimi you can head over to

What do you make of what Raimi has said about his two franchises? Are you looking forward to Spider-Man 4 and Evil Dead 4?

Spider-Man 4 is currently slated for a May 6th, 2011 release and there is a general release date of 2011 for Evil Dead 4.

Source: AICN

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  1. I wonder if Spidey 4 is going to be a ‘continuation’ of the spidey trilogy, or if it will be ‘adopted’ into the new marvel movie canon? (ie iron man, thor, hulk, avengers)

  2. This gets asked everytime anything Marvel, Avengers, or Spiderman is brought up. Sony pictures has the rights to the motion picture version of Spiderman, not Marvel. So Marvel cannot have Spiderman in their Avengers movie unless there’s some kind of corroboration between Marvel and Sony or if they change his appearance and his name to Webslinger or something and have him shoot webs out of his feet or eye sockets or something, but don’t think we would want that…

  3. @ Ken J


    Spidey’s equivalent of X-23.
    webs out of his Feet.

  4. seriously though, Vic, can you do an article on who owns what, so people can stop calling Marvel gay for not putting Wolverine in the Avengers or wonder why Captain America isnt going to be in the Wolverine film.

  5. I second that Oscar.

  6. @Oscar

    That’s a great idea for a post.


  7. @Oscar
    I third that. Vic, get on the ball, bud; let’s have that article. :-)

  8. One of our guys is on it. :-)


  9. I did something right? Im crying right now lol

  10. @OScar

    Yeah, I know… I’m in shock right now… :-P


  11. I fourth that – it’s a great idea for a post.

  12. ok now im just crying cuz im sad lol :)

  13. What? Oscar got that idea from MY post! I demand royalties of all of the member dues you get for people reading the post that follows. Let me do the math:

    Site access: free
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    Alright, so I want 8% of those dues! :-D

  14. Even though Spidey3 wasn’t great, like to see a fourth. Hopefully he’ll have learned from what went wrong that time. And yes, he did the first two very well.

    Love to see an Evil Dead 4. I don’t care if it’s not great, just be cool to see it again.
    With Bruce.

  15. I want a Spidey movie that is ALL Spidey. Not a movie where he has an identity crisis, or relationship angst, or loses his powers. Family, school, Daily Bugle. Keep it to a minimum. It helps define the man. But I want Spider-Man, man! There’s nothing that strikes fear in a Marvel Comic Book Fan’s heart than going to a movie featuring a friendly neighborhood Peter Parker.

  16. @Sylar’s Hunger

    I don’t think it would Spider-Man without some Peter drama. I can do without the MJ storylines, but I liked the Harry drama in the first two.

    Without some dual identity crisis, it’d suffer from one of the weaknesses of TDK – all Batman, no real Bruce Wayne. Some people probably like that, but I think it kinda takes away from the experience.

  17. TDK was “all Batman, no real Bruce Wayne”? Step back a bit and you’ll see more clearly. “All Joker, no real Batman, or Bruce Wayne.”

    It was a Joker movie with a cameo appearance by Batman.

  18. I would like to see more minor villians in Spiderman. Not him fighting thugs, but just random fights and what not between him and other super villians. The forming of the Sinister Six would be a great 2 part movie. Part 4 – introduce the members, of course Doc Ock would have to be written back in, then at the end they form SS. Part 5 – Spidey starts battling the team while they destory the city. As long as it doesn’t turn into a world domination plot. Thoughts?

    Evil Dead 4 – I personally would rather watch Ash vs Freddy vs Jason. I know that the characters are owned by different studios but I’m sure something could be arranged to lease the rights to get this off the ground.

  19. Now that Marvel have became an indepenadant production company or something like that, can’t they just buy back all their characters like X-Men and Spidey and *insert generic cross over cameo idea here*

    I dropped business studies 2 years back so I expect my idea is littered with flaws.

  20. Why doesn’t he just make Army of Darkness vs Marvel Zombies and get it over with?

    …oh right, I can only see heaven till AFTER I’m dead.

  21. Vic,

    Can we PLEASE hurry up with the “Why Marvel doesn’t own the rights to all their movies” post. It’s killin’ me.

  22. @INK

    It’s being worked on, bud. :-)


  23. If Bruce Campbell is in it then it would be so epic. It would be like Spock in the new Star Trek of Harrison Ford in the New Indiana Jones. I hope they make it!

  24. only sam raimi can make a good spider-man movie