The remake of The Evil Dead premiered last night at the SXSW festival, and judging from social media accounts, the crowd were most pleased.
And shocked. And disgusted. In a good way.
Sony seem to be feeling pretty good about the film themselves, with writer-director Fede Alvarez telling the festival crowd that work was already underway on a sequel script. I’m assuming this doesn’t mean he’s just written some notes on the back of a cigarette packet but that actual, paid-for work is being done.
This means that, should Ivan Raimi be able to keep his reluctant brother Sam enthused, scriptwriting for both Evil Dead 2 and Evil Dead 4 will be going on over the next few months.
I can’t say I’m disappointed about this, but I’m curious as to how the marketing would pan out. Still, that’s just silliness and won’t matter at all if the films are good.
UPDATE: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bruce Campbell told the SXSW crowd that there’s actually a third film planned too.
During the late-night Q&A session, Alvarez revealed that he and co-writer Rodo Sayagues have already begun work on the script for Evil Dead 2, with Campbell later adding that the team envisions the films existing as another standalone trilogy.
Key word “standalone”? That’s interesting, as I’ve been led to believe this new film actually exists in the same continuity as Raimi’s pictures. I will find out for myself in just a couple of days then report back.