Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi have confirmed the news about Evil Dead’s revival; a new movie called ‘Evil Dead Now’ will catapult the undead back into action.

Bruce Campbell has confirmed that a new Evil Dead movie is in the works. Source: Flickr
Bruce Campbell has confirmed that a new Evil Dead movie is in the works. Source: Flickr

It’s raining horror movies. And the Deadites are all set for a frightening return, now that Bruce Campbell, the Ash Williams himself, has affirmed the news of an Evil Dead revival. Bruce Campbell hung up his chainsaw in 2018 when his Starz TV-series Ash vs. Evil Dead concluded. The show’s cancellation had reportedly pulled the curtain down on Sam Raimi’s lucrative horror universe. But latest developments confirm Raimi and Campbell have revived the shut shop.

Ash vs. Evil Dead had supposedly concluded the Evil Dead franchise. Bruce Campbell has now; however, announced a revival. Source: Commons.Wikimedia
Ash vs. Evil Dead had supposedly concluded the Evil Dead franchise. Bruce Campbell has now; however, announced a revival. Source: Commons.Wikimedia

Evil Dead Revival: New Movie, New Director

Bruce Campbell has confirmed that a new Evil Dead movie is in the works. However, Campbell won’t star in the upcoming movie, nor will Sam Raimi direct its making. Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi will nevertheless oversee the film’s production, while indie moviemaker Lee Cronin will helm the project.

Lee Cronin will take over from Sam Raimi as the new director for Evil Dead Now. Source: Flickr
Lee Cronin will take over from Sam Raimi as the new director for Evil Dead Now. Source: Flickr

While talking to Empire, Campbell revealed that Sam Raimi handpicked Lee Cronin to direct Evil Dead Now. Cronin’s feature debut The Hole in the Ground was praised for its artful mastery of the horror genre. And Raimi is hopeful that Cronin will come up with an original, equally thrilling script for his movie.

Evil Dead Now director Lee Cronin had made his directorial debut with The Hole in the Ground. Source: Wikipedia
Evil Dead Now director Lee Cronin had made his directorial debut with The Hole in the Ground. Source: Wikipedia

What Is Evil Dead Now About?

When Bruce Campbell put away the broomstick, he meant it. He isn’t up for a girlfriend-got-ghoul ungodly pursuit. Instead, in its attempt at reinvention, Evil Dead Now will feature a female protagonist in a more dynamic story.

Jane Levy headlined the first female-led Evil Dead movie in 2013. Source: Commons.Wikimedia
Jane Levy headlined the first female-led Evil Dead movie in 2013. Source: Commons.Wikimedia

With Sam Raimi signing off at the helm, it’s unclear if the film is a full-fledged franchise reboot. The Evil Dead movies rarely get consumed into concepts of continuity and canon. Most of the franchise’s movies are stand-alone that address the heroes’ escapades in completely different timelines.

Evil Dead movies have spanned from cabin-in-the-woods terror to slapstick comedy to medieval swashbuckling. So it’s hard to predict what Evil Dead Now will have in store for us. But given our knowledge of the franchise, we can bet on it to be entertaining and anthemic.

A New Dawn For The Evil Dead Franchise

In the words of Bruce Campbell, “From this point forward, they kind of have to stand on their own. Which is fine. And liberating.” Evil Dead is now looking forward to a radical spruce up. With ‘regular people’ continuing to be the heart of the preserve, Evil Dead Now will attempt to explore the genre within a broader spectrum. While there is no promise of any tie-ins with the previous films, Sam Raimi might throw in discrete references to his old work.

Fede Álvarez had stepped into Sam Raimi's shoes with frequent collaborator Jane Levy for the first Evil Dead soft reboot. Source: Commons.Wikimedia
Fede Álvarez had stepped into Sam Raimi’s shoes with frequent collaborator Jane Levy for the first Evil Dead soft reboot. Source: Commons.Wikimedia

While Sam Raimi curated Evil Dead, in recent years he has distanced himself from directorial duties. In 2013, the last Evil Dead movie was directed by Don’t Breathe writer and director Fede Álvarez. While Álvarez situated the film in the same universe, he appeared to play by his own rules in his film. And this is something we can anticipate for Evil Dead Now as well. It appears that the experimental ‘soft’ reboots are working in favor of Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and the Evil Dead universe.