A fourth entry in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead series is one of those long talked about, never going to happen, projects like an Arrested Development movie, or another Ghostbusters sequel that I’ve grown kind of tired of hearing about. I’ve been hearing the rumors about this movie since I was a teenager: Ash goes to the future, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, it’s going to be in 3D, etc. It’s gotten to the point that whenever the next set of rumors about a new Evil Dead crop up, I roll my eyes and move along.
So it was not out of maliciousness, but out of rumor fatigue when I rolled my eyes at Dread Central’s claim that they had a “very reliable source” telling them that Saim Raimi’s frequent editor Bob Murawski was headed to Detroit to start work on a new Evil Dead film. They also had a quote that the new Evil Dead would be “a small indie thing like the first two.” Turns out I wasn’t the only one to be suspicious of these claims, because Bloody Disgusting did a little digging of their own and said they discovered that Raimi was actually casting his widely known next project Oz: The Great and Powerful in Detroit. That would make more sense, and would have ended my interest in the matter, if not for another little wrinkle.
Ash himself, Bruce Campbell, recently opened a Twitter account and when asked point blank by one of his followers about the rumors of a new Evil Dead, he replied, “Believe in the remake, dawg! The project is real. In the works. Cool as hell. Scary as hell.” Not only does this quote seem to confirm that a new Evil Dead is happening, it also confirms that the new film would be a remake and not another sequel. This only raises more questions for me. Would they really bother to do a remake of Evil Dead when Evil Dead 2 was essentially already a remake? How is Raimi beginning work on this new Evil Dead when he hasn’t even made Oz yet? Does this mean that a new director might be taking the reins? Will a younger actor be cast as Ash? And, most importantly, when the heck did Bruce Campbell start calling people dawg?