Today we found out that New Line Cinema is working on another installment to the Evil Dead Franchise, Evil Dead: Rise. Forty years after the release of the original Evil Dead Sam Raimi’s and Bruce Campbell’s horror franchise will be given new life as it heads straight to streaming on HBOMax (U.S.), Canal Plus (U.K.), and Metropolitan (France) services.
Irish filmmaker Lee Cronin (‘Hole in the Ground’, ‘Ghost train’) will write and direct the film and was handpicked by Raimi and Campbell for this job. Although Cronin will be doing most of the heavy lifting on this task Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell will be executive producers on the film. Robert Tapert will also be back to produce the new film with his long-time friends. Raimi created the series starting with Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987), and probably the most popular one of the series, Army Of Darkness (1993).
In 2013 there was a reboot of the series written and directed by Fede Alvarez, with Jane Levy as the lead, Mia, who fight s to survive against the horrors her friends released by reading the book of the dead. Campbell returned to his role as Ash Williams in the Starz ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead”.
I couldn’t be prouder to be working alongside Lily, Alyssa, Rob, Sam, Bruce and the power-house that is @newlinecinema in bringing The Evil Dead back in a way audiences have never seen before. Let the mayhem commence. https://t.co/udsCuwXfyp
— Lee Cronin (@curleecronin) May 26, 2021
The movie will move from its usual woodland location to the city. Alyssa Sutherland (Vikings) and Lily Sullivan (Picnic at Hanging Rock) will play estranged sisters whose reunion is interrupted by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.
“I’m thrilled to bring ‘Evil Dead’ back to its original home at New Line 40 years after the release of the first film,” Raimi said in a statement. “The company’s history as pioneers of horror speaks for itself. I’m equally excited to be working with Lee Cronin, whose gifts as a storyteller make him the ideal filmmaker to continue the enduring legacy of the franchise.”
Campbell added, “At its core, ‘Evil Dead’ is about ordinary people overcoming extraordinarily terrifying situations. 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.”
“Evil Dead Rise” will begin production in New Zealand next month. It’s unclear when the film will arrive on the small screen. We also do not know if the movie will get a theatrical release before, or a simultaneous with its release on streaming.