There’s been a lot of non-news about the future of the Evil Dead franchise that’s been going around these past several months, so let’s briefly recap what’s what for a second here.
For starters, Bruce Campbell is definitely, unquestionably, 100% retired from ever playing Ash Williams again in the world of live action – though some sort of video game featuring Campbell as the voice of Ash is coming soon – so we really don’t need to ask him that question anymore. “Ash vs. Evil Dead” is over, and with it, the end of Campbell’s run in the franchise.
One other thing we know for sure is that a brand new Evil Dead movie is being developed, as Sam Raimi revealed to us back in July. Raimi, Campbell and Rob Tapert have been working on ideas for a new Evil Dead movie, though when we spoke with Raimi for that interview this past summer, he expressed that the team was torn between a few different ideas.
Will it be another remake of the original film with a new Ash? A sequel to the original film without Ash? Or maybe a sequel to Fede Alvarez‘s remake? At this time, we do not know.
Which brings us to this past weekend at the Rock and Shock convention in Massachusetts. During his panel, Campbell confirmed one thing: a new filmmaker is taking over.
“It’s okay to pass it along to another idiot to try and stop evil from destroying the world,” Campbell told the crowd, letting them know he’s okay with a new Ash or at least a new Ash-like character being brought to the screen. “One idiot tried – he did pretty good. It’s time to let other innocent people with no skills try to save the world. And there’s more stories to tell.”
Campbell continued, “So we think we have a cool premise. We have a new filmmaker that Sam Raimi has hand chosen. So he’s very involved in it. Will be involved in the story. And we’ll try and make sure the actors don’t completely suck. And then we’re gonna make another one, yeah. There’s lots of stories…creepy books…lots of people to torment.”
So it sounds like Fede Alvarez won’t be directing the next Evil Dead movie, but that certainly doesn’t mean it won’t be a continuation of the remake’s storyline. At this time, we really have no idea what to expect from the future of the Evil Dead film franchise, other than the fact that a new movie is in the works and we shouldn’t expect Bruce Campbell to be in it.
More as we learn it. And thanks to @CraigSemon for the footage from Rock and Shock!
— Craig Semon (@CraigSemon) October 16, 2019