The dead are coming back….Evil Dead Rise, a brand-new movie in the series, is now in the works at New Line Cinema. But it’s exploring new territory…the film will be the first in the series to debut on streaming in the US: HBO Max has the rights. (In England and France it will be released theatrically.)
This isn’t the only unconventional thing about it. Early reports indicate the movie will have two monster-shooting leads, they’ll be both female, and they’ll be facing off against demons in a city skyscraper, not a cabin in the woods. We’re sure some will balk at so many changes, but simply repeating what has happened before wouldn’t be great. There’s potential in the new premise.
“At its core, Evil Dead is about ordinary people overcoming extraordinarily terrifying situations,” says iconic original lead Bruce Campbell (who retired from the role of Ash after the TV series). “I can’t wait for Alyssa and Lily to fill the blood-soaked shoes of those who have come before them and carry on that tradition.” It’s worth noting Campbell did agree to reprise Ash for Evil Dead: The Game, set to release on consoles and PC later this year.
There have been three Evil Dead films so far, plus a remake. This new film will pretend the remake never happened and continue the world established in the original trilogy. Robert Tapert is returning as producer, but Sam Raimi’s role will be executive producer, not director. It’s Lee Cronin who’s been hired to direct, and he’s also writing the script. Filming is set to begin on Evil Dead Rise next month.