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Hail to the King, Baby! Sam Raimi says he plans on writing Evil Dead 4 this summer

Mar. 1, 2013by:

Sit down and take a deep breath before reading this. It's definitely enough to get some uber fans into a state of shock and possibly cause hyperventilation. While making the promotional rounds for his upcoming OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, director Sam Raimi let slip two sentences that have the potential to ignite the whitle light of hope within many a fanboy's heart:

I would love to make Evil Dead 4. My brother and I plan to work on the script this summer.

There's no further elaboration, but it's the first time the director has publicly commented on the state of a sequel moving forward to one of the most bad ass, highly quotable, and all-around genre-tastic movies of all time, ARMY OF DARKNESS. Now, that's not to discount Raimi's first to EVIL DEAD films, as both are outstanding, but there's a special place for ARMY OF DARKNESS, as it took the character of Ash, played so masterfully by Bruce Campbell, and made him the star of the Deadite universe once and for all.

Raimi is likely speaking of his brother Ivan when he mentions working on the script with his "brother" who frequently collaborates with the director on his projects, including DRAG ME TO HELL and DARKMAN.

So, what does this mean with the upcoming reboot hitting in April? Well, without knowing much more for sure, it would seem that the two franchises would exist separate of one another. The reboot, directed by Fede Alvarez, already looks like a much darker take on the property, safely distancing itself from the inventive craziness that is Raimi's EVIL DEAD. I have no problem with both franchises existing, especially if it means getting a sequel to ARMY OF DARKNESS.

If Raimi holds true to his word, then you can expect to hear more about this throughout the year. Let's keep our chainsaws crossed that he jumps into this one next.

More as this develops.

Extra Tidbit: I'd love to see Raimi do a sequel to his Darkman, ignoring all the follow ups from before. And yes, with Neeson back as the titular character. Any other takers?
Source: Bleeding Cool

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9:08PM on 03/01/2013

I would be so happy to see "Evil Dead 4" come out and all the 17 year old kids being

"what the hell happened? who is this asshole? There's 4 of them now? The first one just came out last year!"
"what the hell happened? who is this asshole? There's 4 of them now? The first one just came out last year!"
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8:44PM on 03/01/2013

Bullshit.

I'm sorry, I love The Evil Dead trilogy, and I love these guys, but this just is not true. As much as a part of me would love to believe that since the Evil Dead re-make wrapped and after releasing the incredibly fun Drag Me To Hell, Raimi was re-energized towards the genre and franchise....however the larger, less trusting (and to be honest mostly correct) part of me feels like this is just something he can say to help get the words "Evil Dead" into news articles and website headlines just in
I'm sorry, I love The Evil Dead trilogy, and I love these guys, but this just is not true. As much as a part of me would love to believe that since the Evil Dead re-make wrapped and after releasing the incredibly fun Drag Me To Hell, Raimi was re-energized towards the genre and franchise....however the larger, less trusting (and to be honest mostly correct) part of me feels like this is just something he can say to help get the words "Evil Dead" into news articles and website headlines just in time for the re-make release date.

I would love to be proved wrong however.
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7:44PM on 03/01/2013

They should start ED4 with Ash stuck in the post-apocalyptic future

and then he gets summoned back in our time by Justin Long who needs someone to go to Hell to save Alison Lohman.
and then he gets summoned back in our time by Justin Long who needs someone to go to Hell to save Alison Lohman.
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8:11PM on 03/01/2013
I think Sam is just messing with people. Both he and Bruce Campbell have been dangling the Evil Dead 4 carrot for years now, I think they are just having fun with people. As far as I'm concerned Evil Dead 4 has pretty much entered Ghostbusters 3 territory of I'll believe it when I see it.
I think Sam is just messing with people. Both he and Bruce Campbell have been dangling the Evil Dead 4 carrot for years now, I think they are just having fun with people. As far as I'm concerned Evil Dead 4 has pretty much entered Ghostbusters 3 territory of I'll believe it when I see it.
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12:38AM on 03/02/2013

Dude this better not be a joke!

I've been praying to see Bruce Campbell whip out the chainsaws and boomsticks once again. So sick of the teasing with the cameos in the Raimi films and want to see the king in action. I just hope Sam ain't pulling our dicks and actually is serious about it. Wonder what does Bruce have to say about this?
I've been praying to see Bruce Campbell whip out the chainsaws and boomsticks once again. So sick of the teasing with the cameos in the Raimi films and want to see the king in action. I just hope Sam ain't pulling our dicks and actually is serious about it. Wonder what does Bruce have to say about this?
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8:41PM on 03/01/2013
Stop teasing us Sam!!!! Please let this be the real thing.
Stop teasing us Sam!!!! Please let this be the real thing.
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8:58PM on 03/01/2013

It's possible

There have been sequels to the original Dawn of the Dead despite the remake.
There have been sequels to the original Dawn of the Dead despite the remake.
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10:45PM on 03/01/2013
Or, more recently, Texas Chainsaw 3D.
Or, more recently, Texas Chainsaw 3D.
10:30AM on 03/02/2013

EvilDead 4

Hell yeah ! I though this was dead! Best fucking news of the year !!!!
Hell yeah ! I though this was dead! Best fucking news of the year !!!!
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8:15PM on 03/01/2013
I wonder if the new script would follow the alternate ending of Army of Darkness. Nevertheless, I'm glad there's Evil Dead 4 and hopefully Bruce Campbell and the good ol' yellow Oldsmobile would be back.
I wonder if the new script would follow the alternate ending of Army of Darkness. Nevertheless, I'm glad there's Evil Dead 4 and hopefully Bruce Campbell and the good ol' yellow Oldsmobile would be back.
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8:10PM on 03/01/2013
They've been teasing us for years and years. Til I get a production still of Ash Plus Boomstick I'm not buying it.

That said...if Sam wants to talk about my script idea where Ash, committed to a rat-infested asylum after the events at S-Mart...must lead a wacky band of inmates and sexy nurses to defend Detroit from the Second Army of Darkness, please call me.
They've been teasing us for years and years. Til I get a production still of Ash Plus Boomstick I'm not buying it.

That said...if Sam wants to talk about my script idea where Ash, committed to a rat-infested asylum after the events at S-Mart...must lead a wacky band of inmates and sexy nurses to defend Detroit from the Second Army of Darkness, please call me.
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7:45PM on 03/01/2013
I think Sam is just messing with people. Both he and Bruce Campbell have been dangling the Evil Dead 4 carrot for years now, I think they are just having fun with people. As far as I'm concerned Evil Dead 4 has pretty much entered Ghostbusters 3 territory of I'll believe it when I see it.
I think Sam is just messing with people. Both he and Bruce Campbell have been dangling the Evil Dead 4 carrot for years now, I think they are just having fun with people. As far as I'm concerned Evil Dead 4 has pretty much entered Ghostbusters 3 territory of I'll believe it when I see it.
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7:41PM on 03/01/2013
Now the question is: Which Army of Darkness ending will they use going into writing Evil Dead 4?
Now the question is: Which Army of Darkness ending will they use going into writing Evil Dead 4?
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7:33PM on 03/02/2013
Would the continuity pick up from the theatrical or director's cut of Army of Darkness?? The director's cut was one of the first DVDs I purchased when I got my PS2 back in the day and is still one of my favorite DVD cover art
Would the continuity pick up from the theatrical or director's cut of Army of Darkness?? The director's cut was one of the first DVDs I purchased when I got my PS2 back in the day and is still one of my favorite DVD cover art
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3:12AM on 03/03/2013

Yuuuussssssss!

Screw the remake ED4 IS THE ONLY LEGIT EVIL DEAD to be made!!!!! Finally some sense and logic by these film makers!
Screw the remake ED4 IS THE ONLY LEGIT EVIL DEAD to be made!!!!! Finally some sense and logic by these film makers!
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8:11PM on 03/01/2013
YES!!!!!! But if this is happening why are they bothering with that remake?
YES!!!!!! But if this is happening why are they bothering with that remake?
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7:36PM on 03/01/2013
I personally would love to see Darkman again from the same team; Neeson and Raimi. I never felt like Darkman got the credit it truly deserved. Plus, Neeson is a bit more hardened after The Grey and Taken, which would benefit the Darkman character.
I personally would love to see Darkman again from the same team; Neeson and Raimi. I never felt like Darkman got the credit it truly deserved. Plus, Neeson is a bit more hardened after The Grey and Taken, which would benefit the Darkman character.
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8:10PM on 03/01/2013
I think Sam is just messing with people. Both he and Bruce Campbell have been dangling the Evil Dead 4 carrot for years now, I think they are just having fun with people. As far as I'm concerned Evil Dead 4 has pretty much entered Ghostbusters 3 territory of I'll believe it when I see it.
I think Sam is just messing with people. Both he and Bruce Campbell have been dangling the Evil Dead 4 carrot for years now, I think they are just having fun with people. As far as I'm concerned Evil Dead 4 has pretty much entered Ghostbusters 3 territory of I'll believe it when I see it.
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7:49PM on 03/01/2013

"Make sure this E.D. remake is a success for "E.D.'IV"

People asked Bruce this shit for years. Poor guy must be sick of it.
However, Raimi saying ANYTHING about a new Evil Dead is kind of a big deal.
At the same time, it might just be cheap promotion to get people interested in the fucking remake that he's trying to make everyone love (and it looks like it's working).
I can hope, but I still doubt.
People asked Bruce this shit for years. Poor guy must be sick of it.
However, Raimi saying ANYTHING about a new Evil Dead is kind of a big deal.
At the same time, it might just be cheap promotion to get people interested in the fucking remake that he's trying to make everyone love (and it looks like it's working).
I can hope, but I still doubt.
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7:23PM on 03/01/2013
I am so goddamn excited for this and I'll be buying my tickets the second they're up. However, didn't Campbell say a while ago that they weren't going to do it? He said he was too old but now it is happening. Still excited but scratching my head a bit.
I am so goddamn excited for this and I'll be buying my tickets the second they're up. However, didn't Campbell say a while ago that they weren't going to do it? He said he was too old but now it is happening. Still excited but scratching my head a bit.
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2:28AM on 03/04/2013

I'm all for Evil Dead 4

I'll hold my breath... there's been no progress on an Army of Darkness sequel... so waiting till the summer for Sam and Ivan to work up a script... yeah... I'll hold my breath.
I'll hold my breath... there's been no progress on an Army of Darkness sequel... so waiting till the summer for Sam and Ivan to work up a script... yeah... I'll hold my breath.
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7:58PM on 03/01/2013
Wait, what?
Wait, what?
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7:30AM on 03/02/2013
Yes make an Evil Dead 4 because highly anticipated sequels twenty years after the last movie are always a success. Maybe they will call it Evil Dead Legacy: To Live Free of the Rise of the Menacing Army of the Crystal Phantom 3D
Yes make an Evil Dead 4 because highly anticipated sequels twenty years after the last movie are always a success. Maybe they will call it Evil Dead Legacy: To Live Free of the Rise of the Menacing Army of the Crystal Phantom 3D
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