Well, this is frustrating. The latest round of news regarding an Evil Dead 4 - a.k.a. Army of Darkness 2 - started in March with word from creator Sam Raimi that he planned to write the script for the film over the summer. Things got a little crazier when it was announced that the project might even cross over with the more recent Evil Dead remake (eventually).
More recently, star Bruce Campbell (who plays series protagonist Ashley J. Williams) bolstered fans' hopes when he said, in response to a question about whether or not he'd reprise his role, "The answer is yes." This was particularly noteworthy, because while Raimi is prone to needlessly getting fans' hopes up about a return to Evil Dead, Campbell has always been the pragmatist who likes to tear those hopes down.
Now, Bruce Campbell is back to his old routine of destroying all your hopes and dreams. Campbell responded to a question about all the recent news about Army of Darkness 2 and he was quick to shoot it all down:
"It's not news. Let me dispel that right now. It's all internet B.S. There's no reality whatsoever. These random comments slip out of my mouth or Sam Raimi’s mouth, next thing you know, we're making a sequel. So unless it’s announced from Renaissance Pictures, it’s not real. Or unless you have a start date or a release date. We do appreciate people’s enthusiasm for another 'Army Of Darkness,' but they should just wait until it’s real. And I feel bad for people because the Internet is so prey to misinformation. So I just encourage to get the real information, not just ... if you heard something.”
Although it is certainly true that you shouldn't assume Army of Darkness 2 is happening until there's an announcement from the studio about a green light, it's kind of unfair for Campbell to label his own statement (and writer/director/creator Sam Raimi's, for that matter) as mere "internet B.S." Internet B.S. is more akin to random websites claiming that Johnny Depp is playing The Riddler, Angelina Jolie is playing Catwoman, and Robin Williams is playing Hugo Strange in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight series.
This is certainly sad news for Evil Dead fans, but could it just be Bruce Campbell exercising caution in the lead up to the film? Or maybe he's trying to keep people in the dark about the project to keep their hopes tempered if it all falls apart? It does seem awfully strange for a man who has practiced denying ED4 rumors for nearly 20 years to flip-flop so suddenly (and awkwardly).
Furthermore, Campbell did say at one point that he was not going to be in the Evil Dead remake, and that wasn't strictly true.
Campbell was also asked about whether or not Fede Alvarez had departed Evil Dead 2 (the sequel to the remake), and here's what he said:
"Fede's going to go off and do other stuff. You know he did a great job for us and we'd have him back again in a second, but he's got a new movie he's doing. We lost him! It happens. Fede's a great filmmaker, so ... he's going to have a long, bright future, he doesn't need 'Evil Dead' ... because look, he doesn't want to be stuck being the 'Evil Dead' guy. You know, we all know how that happens."
It was reported a week ago that Fede and co-writer Rodo Sayagues would not be returning to the franchise - a report that was quickly corrected by Fede himself, who clarified that they just weren't going to be making Evil Dead 2 in the immediate future.
In light of Campbell's comments, it's anyone's guess what the truth is here. Perhaps he doesn't have all the information or perhaps he's being a bit more honest than Fede was. I'm inclined to believe the latter; where there's smoke, there's fire, etc.
What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you disappointed about Bruce Campbell's comments regarding Army of Darkness 2? What do you think of his flip-flop? Drop us a line in the comments.
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Source: Erin Darling