While making the rounds for his soon-to-be released Disney flick "Oz: The Great and Powerful" Sam Raimi has been getting nailed with the usual "When are you making 'Evil Dead 4'?" questions, to which his standard non-reply has remained a steady "...someday." Well following a tweet from Disney Movies UK that quoted Raimi as saying "I would love to make Evil Dead 4. My brother and I plan to work on the script this summer," Bleeding Cool, sat down with the man and got some clarification, some of which more closely resembling a confirmation that he is, in fact working on the sequel to his classic trilogy.
He began by saying he doesn't necessarily want to make the movie, but the fans are forcing his (possessed) hand:
Those guys made me say that. I am thinking about it but a crowd goes “Come on Sam, do it!” so I said “Okay, I guess I was talking to my brother about it.” But I feel like I was pushed into saying that, a little bit. In the hallway today I joked with Ivan [his brother] “Get working on that script!” but I really don’t know.
I’m afraid that every time I talk about it people get really mad at me when I don’t follow through with it. I would like to work on the script over the summer, that much is true. But the reason to come back and do it again is only that they’re making me, those fans.
Here's the thing, as I can't speak to the feelings of other "Evil Dead" fans, I can speak as one, and I can tell you that not only do I not get mad at Raimi for stalling on "Evil Dead 4," but I'm thrilled that he hasn't made it and -- let's be honest here -- won't ever make it. We don't need an "Evil Dead 4." We have three "Evil Deads" already, plus a remake on the way, plus Raimi's deeply underrated "Drag Me To Hell" which could totally be considered the spiritual "Evil Dead 4."
It's strange to read a quote like the one above from a guy like Sam Raimi. I'm all for filmmakers listening to fans, and taking feedback to heart, but Raimi comes across as put-upon by the legions of Deadites who've been clamoring for a fourth absurdity-and-gore-soaked jaunt with lovable buffoon Ash. Is he really scared? Especially when he, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert -- the brains behind "The Evil Dead" -- have thrown their weight behind Fede Alvarez's upcoming "Evil Dead" remake as producers. I might be speaking out of school here, but I feel pretty comfortable saying Sam Raimi doesn't care what fans think about "Evil Dead 4." If he did, there would never be a remake. He'd keep his series untarnished by outside hands and simply supply the hordes with non-answers like "I'd love to make a fourth film, just waiting on Bruce Campbell to be done with 'Burn Notice'" and the like. But he hasn't left it untarnished. He's one of the guys responsible for the remake. Sure, maybe the remake would have happened anyway, and he got involved just to shepherd it out of stinkville (and to nab himself a fat check) but his name is still on the movie. It wouldn't be crazy to call Fede Alvarez's "Evil Dead" Fede Alvarez and Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead." Which kind of makes it "Evil Dead 4," right?
And if the remake hits, you know damn well there'll be a sequel, which would time out perfectly to coincide with whatever this "Evil Dead 4" idea that Sam Raimi feels so pressured to make. I know you folks aren't dopes, but having "Evil Dead 2" and "The Evil Dead 4" out, or at least in production at the same time seems mighty confusing to me. And stupid. And redundent. And really stupid.
The world does not need "Evil Dead 4" starring Bruce Campbell and directed by Sam Raimi. Campbell seems content doing "Burn Notice." He seems tanned and relaxed and well-fed and happy and I doubt he wants to take the licking that Raimi and those mean, bullying fans would like to see him take if he did strap on the chainsaw hand for another go round as Ash.
The only "Evil Dead 4" we'll see is the fourth film in the new franchise that begins with Fede Alvarez's "Evil Dead" and that's it. Sam Raimi will make another low-budget horror film. No doubt about it. But that film will not be "Evil Dead 4." Please stop asking for it and rent "Drag Me to Hell."
[Source: Bleeding Cool]