‘Evil Dead 4’ Remains On Back Burner As Raimi’s Comic-Con Announcement Fades Into Memory

With Halloween upon us once again, the thoughts of a loyal fanbase are returning to Ash and his adventures with the Book of the Dead. And as many of them remember, legendary director Sam Raimi was walking around Comic-Con a few months ago telling us and the massive audience in Hall H that when his brother Ivan was coming to visit in August, they had plans to finally sit down and write a fourth “Evil Dead” flick. Even star Bruce Campbell got in the action, promising the film wouldn’t rely on a younger sidekick, a la “Indiana Jones” and “Die Hard.”

So, whatever happened with that, Sam?

“We never did it,” Raimi admitted when we checked in with him on the project recently. “There was too much work to do on ‘Drag Me to Hell.’

Raimi is referring to the Justin Long-starring flick that will return him to his horror roots next May, and which he also co-wrote with brother Ivan. The flick is a cool-sounding tale of a young woman (Alison Lohman) who finds herself cursed, but it most certainly will not involve Bruce Campbell, raping trees, or those beloved “Evil Cam” shots.

“It’s on hold still,” Raimi said of the much-anticipated “Dead” sequel, likely to be pushed back even further by his recent talk that he’ll be directing two more “Spider-Man” movies that should keep him busy for the better part of the next half-decade. “It’s still on the back-burner.”

While the 49-year-old writer/director acknowledged that the news will likely disappoint all his “Dead” heads, he is still promising that the franchise shall rise again. “I read this article online that [referred to those Comic-Con quotes] and was like, ‘Raimi promises again. He’s not going to deliver’,” Raimi joked. “And I was like, ‘Oh my God, you guys know me so well.’
“I’m honored some people want to see it, and I’d like to do it, and one day I will,” he added. “I just don’t know when.”

If it’s any kind of consolation for their continued wait, Raimi did want to reveal to the fans that when he and Ivan hung out in August the duo did brainstorm a few small jokes – even if they are still a long way from a finished script. “It’s like every time we get together, we write a few jokes, or a page or two,” Raimi explained. “But that’s about it.”

What say you: Should the Brothers Raimi hurry up and write “Evil Dead 4,” or would you prefer that they take their time and get it right?