Bruce Campbell has confirmed at the Wizard World Nashville Comic Con that he is up for strapping on the chainsaw once again and returning as Ash Williams in a new ‘Army of Darkness’ movie. Campbell states that writer/director Sam Raimi is currently working on the script for ‘Army of Darkness 2’ or ‘Evil Dead 4’ (or is it ‘Evil Dead 5’ now?). Raimi doesn’t appear to have any directing gig lined at the moment so this may well be his next project.
Star Bruce Campbell has never really been given the chance to front an out and out blockbuster and with his advancing years he knows that a new Evil Dead movie is his best bet. The relationship between Campbell and Raimi always produces memorable cinema, even if it isn’t always a financial success. Raimi knows how to get the best out of Campbell like no other director and Campbell has a unique understanding of what’s going on in Raimi’s head that other actors often miss.
Raimi now has the Hollywood power (and cash) to make an Evil Dead movie that could really be a box-office smash. His previous 3 movies in the series were never mainstream successes, but are now cult classics. The 2013 remake of Evil Dead proved that the brand is strong with the new cinema going audience so now may be the right time for it. Writer/Director Sam Raimi now knows what it takes to make movies that appeal to mainstream audiences and he will have the cash, the technical personal and the marketing power of a studio to make it a hit.
Raimi seems to like the idea of breaking up his big studio tent pole projects (which he finds energy sapping) with a little side project for himself. After ‘Spider-Man 3’ he went and made the brilliant ‘Drag Me to Hell’ and after this year’s ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ (which was his longest ever shoot and longest ever post production movie) he might well jump at the chance to work on something of his own again. And nothing sounds more Sam Raimi than ‘Army of Darkness 2′
On the downside, returning to Army of Darkness and the Evil Dead after all these years may tarnish the memory of those early entries in the series, as endless comparisons will be made (Think of Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull).
From a personal point of view I have mixed feelings. Will they be able to capture the magic again or will making a mainstream Evil Dead movie suck the soul out of the series? Personally If Raimi can keep control of the project and not over indulge himself I think we could be on to a winner.
What do you guys think about Raimi and Campbell going back to the world of the deadites 22 years since the last instalment?
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