Just as the world gets ready for a Sam Raimi/Bruce Campbell endorsed remake of Evil Dead, the director himself is finally getting ready to continue the franchise. In a new interview, Sam Raimi said he and his brother, most likely screenwriter Ivan Raimi, would be sitting down to write Evil Dead 4 this summer.

UPDATE: Soon after this initial report was released, Raimi clarified his comments. Unsurprisingly, the film’s future isn’t as certain as the original report made it sound.

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The common reaction to the statement, “They’re remaking Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead” is disbelief and maybe a scream. Hollywood can remake as many of their own films as they want but the original The Evil Dead was a fully independent production that most people discovered on VHS or cable TV. For those reasons, it’s a cult classic many people hold dearer than others and the idea of a remake seems blasphemous.

But the remake is coming. It’s directed by Fede Alvarez, and scheduled for release April 12, 2013. Not only does it have the blessing of Raimi and star Bruce Campbell; they’re both producing it. Still, fans might feel a little wary. Maybe Raimi and Campbell put their names on the film just for the cash? This is decidedly not the case and, if you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe Campbell himself.

In a short, sweet, recent interview Campbell explained exactly the role he has in the movie, its tone, its cast, everything and – personally – sold me on the whole idea. Watch it below. Read More »

With the exception of Machete Kills, which is a sequel to 2010 film, everything in today’s Sequel Bits is pretty old school, featuring characters or properties that have been around at least a decade. After the jump:

  • Joss Whedon talks a little bit about The Avengers 2
  • Bruce Campbell says the new Evil Dead is “fabulous”
  • Production resumes on Iron Man 3 after RDJ‘s injury
  • Benedict Cumberbatch reveals when we’ll see Smaug
  • Bobby Farrelly spills Dumb and Dumber 2 plot details
  • Marko Zaror joins Machete Kills, see his character poster
  • See Paul Walker and Vin Diesel on the Fast Six set

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Bruce Campbell doesn’t appear in all of Sam Raimi‘s films, but in the years since their work on the Evil Dead movies, the actor’s become a familiar — if small — presence in many of them. So we were a bit disappointed last month to hear that Campbell wouldn’t be making a cameo in Raimi’s next picture, Oz: The Great and Powerful, despite earlier reports that he’d been slated to appear. But now it seems Campbell’s back in after all, and what’s more, that he’s already shot his “pivotal” (not really) part. More details after the jump.

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Sam Raimi doesn’t have Bruce Campbell to kick around anymore. Not in Oz: The Great and Powerful, at least.

Raimi made an early career out of kicking Campbell’s ass on a regular basis through the Evil Dead films, and the actor has cameoed in many of Raimi’s features that followed. He was set for a cameo in Oz: The Great and Powerful, which stars James Franco as the man who becomes the Wizard of Oz, and Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams as three sister witches with whom he becomes entangled when he finds himself in their land of Oz. But that cameo is no longer happening. Read More »

We’ve known since this summer that Fede Alvarez, director of the short Panic Attack, is going to direct a new version of Sam Raimi‘s breakout film The Evil Dead. Other than that basic report, and the fact that Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues and Diablo Cody all worked on the script, we haven’t known much about the movie. Now, thanks to the upcoming American Film Market, we’ve got a synopsis that makes the movie sound like a carbon copy of Raimi’s original. But a few more details that have come to light reveal ways in which the remake will veer off into slightly different territory. Read More »

Bruce Campbell: No Ash in ‘Evil Dead’ Remake

There are two iconic faces of The Evil Dead. One is Sam Raimi, whose comic, kinetic filmmaking was a framework in which grotesque horror could exist side by side with Three Stooges-style slapstick. (And so: ‘splatstick.’) The other iconic face is Bruce Campbell, whose Ash Williams character is the beating heart of The Evil Dead and, to generations of fans, the voice of a certain approach to horror.

The idea of remaking The Evil Dead was wild enough, especially with unproven short film director Fede Alvarez working from a script rewritten by Diablo Cody. Bruce Campbell is said to have a cameo, but who’ll play Ash? As it turns out, no one will, says the actor. Read More »

Briefly: This isn’t exactly a surprise. Sam Raimi‘s most notorious film accomplice, Bruce Campbell, has announced that he has a role in Oz: The Great and Powerful. What’s he playing? We don’t know. All we’ve got is a tweet from the actor announcing, “I. Am. In. Oz. Sam Raimi refuses to tell me what character I will portray. Just know that the role is PIVOTAL.” The emphasis on that final word suggests to me that the role, like his appearances in the Spider-Man films, will be anything but. Regardless, it’s good to know he’s on board.

There are also rumors that Bruce Campbell will cameo towards the end of Fede Alvarez’s remake of The Evil Dead, which is about to go into production.

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