Once upon a time, Sam Raimi wanted to call his third Deadite-killing expedition Medieval Dead, and briefly flirted with the title Evil Dead III: Army of Darkness, before simply releasing the movie as Army of Darkness in 1992.

There’s no question that the film is a sequel to Evil Dead II; it uses Bruce Campbell as the same lead character, Ash, and involves many familiar Evil Dead elements. But Army of Darkness had a much more broad, comedy-influenced tone, as well as a heaping dose of fantasy and medieval elements.

Fast-forward to now, when we’ve been hearing that Sam Raimi and his brother Ivan could finally be working on the Evil Dead 4 script that has been rumored for years. But long-time producer Rob Tapert now says that the film won’t be Evil Dead 4, but Army of Darkness 2. Read More »

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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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Earlier this year Renaissance Pictures, the company run by Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert, filed suit against Award Pictures, a small outfit that was hoping to make an Evil Dead sequel. While Raimi and Tapert have wavered in their commitment to make a fourth Evil Dead movie (not counting the just-wrapped remake directed by Fede Alvarez), they are certain of one thing: they don’t want anyone else making Evil Dead 4.

So when Award Pictures tried to follow through on a long-stated goal of making Evil Dead 4: Consequences (that’s the real title, no joke) Renaissance Pictures recited the passages from an old book that summons lawyers instead of demons. And now a court has ruled that Award Pictures has to back off. Read More »

There are strange things going on out in the woods. Not the sort of strange things that happen in Sam Raimi‘s first two Evil Dead movies. No, these are the things that happen after those films become successful, even iconic. In 1979 Raimi, his producer Robert Tapert, and actor Bruce Campbell formed Renaissance Pictures, which made The Evil Dead. Two more films, Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn, and Army of Darkness, were produced, and there has long been talk of a fourth.

That’s where things get weird. Raimi and Tapert once said they’d never do a fourth film. Another company, Award Pictures, took that to mean that Renaissance had abandoned the future use of The Evil Dead name, and wants to make its own fourth film, called either Evil Dead: Consequences (chortle) or Evil Dead: Genesis of the Necronomicon. Now Raimi, Tapert, and Campbell are locked in a legal battle with Award Pictures. Read More »

With so much sequel news breaking every day, this little post we call Sequel Bits is becoming a semi-regular feature. That truth probably makes most of us feel like /Film commenter brock_rox who wrote the following after the last installment. “It’s sad that we live in a world where a column especially devoted to sequel news has to exist. We brought this upon ourselves.” Very true, sir. However, the fact of the matter is most of us harbor an unsubstantiated desire for these sequels to live up to the expectations of their predecessors. And while that’s oh-so-rarely the case, as movie fans, you’ve gotta believe. Hence Sequel Bits will exist every once in a while.

Will these films live up to their predecessors? You be the judge. After the jump read about:

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  • The second Tintin film will not be Prisoners Of The Sun. It may, however, be the plot of Tintin 3.
  • The American Film Market provides our first look at a poster for Step Up 4 and the logo of the Evil Dead remake.

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Is a Fourth ‘Evil Dead’ Close to Shooting?

The safe money would go on “nope, probably not.” An update on a fourth Evil Dead movie and/or info on an Evil Dead remake seems to surface every few months. For years, Sam Raimi has talked about making a fourth film, and in January of this year his long-time producer Robert Tapert said plans to remake the original film were still afoot. Series star Bruce Campbell confirmed that plan in April during an Ask Me Anything session with Reddit.

But now there is a report that a new Evil Dead is brewing in Michigan. Is this the fourth film, the remake, or just misinformation based on the fact that Sam Raimi’s crew is gearing up for a trip to Oz? Read More »

As long as Sam Raimi continues to work, there will be talk of another Evil Dead film, whether a third sequel or a reboot of the series entirely. The director never quite lets the idea die, and while doing early promotion for Drag Me to Hell he said he wanted to work on a new script with his brother Ivan Raimi. He later talked about the idea of having a young director remake the original film, so it could be seen properly on the big screen.

Now Mr. Raimi’s long-time producer Robert Tapert is perpetuating the idea of an Evil Dead reboot once more. Read More »

During Comic-Con this weekend, the chainsaw began sputtering once again for Evil Dead 4. Director Sam Raimi, there promoting his comeback horror film, Drag Me To Hell, announced the return of Bruce Campbell‘s Ash to fans…

“I love working with Bruce Campbell… He’s super willing to do anything to make it right. He’s a very funny guy, but mostly he’s got this quality where he will physically do anything to get the shot done right, so I would love to work with Bruce again because I’d love to test those limits.

I’d love to make another Evil Dead picture. And actually that’s in the wheelhouse. I’d like to work on it with my brother Ivan [Raimi] when he comes up next week.“

Next week! Wheelhouse! The last Evil Dead film, Army of Darkness, was released in 1992 but the mainstream wasn’t in on the cult bliss and it fizzled at the box office. The franchise has spawned countless DVDs ever since, as well as video games, the twice campy Evil Dead: The Musical and rumors like Freddy vs Jason vs Ash. Raimi has hinted at an Evil Dead 4 for years, and his brother’s involvement was previously discussed during the Spider-Man 3 press rounds.

via Geeks of Doom

Discuss: Evil Dead 4. Can Raimi still capture crazy in a bottle? We think so.

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