Evil Dead 4 – Not Just Yet

Sam Raimi will always be a geek legend. He has had his hands in some of the more iconic cult classics of the last couple decades. So it was with a gleeful squee that met the news that Raimi was going to reunite with Bruce Campbell and give us another glorious Evil Dead chapter.

But they didn’t quite get around to it.

MTVMovies says:

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.

So instead of working on a movie that will render into instant cult classic status, he digs up ANOTHER story with Justin “Im a Mac” Long and Alison Lohman? Maybe he just didn’t want to do horror again. Wait, the Long Lohman pic is horror?

I can understand the hesitation to go back to something that has been finished for such a long time. Rocky Balboa seemed to open that door with a stellar hit returning to an old character. But then came the Rambo sequel, and Indiana Jones 4, while a good movie was ripped to shreds by the fans. Superman returned to also geot basted. Maybe he is just gunshy to go back to the franchise?

I half expect this to never happen, and when asked about it Raimi will say “It seemed like a good idea at the time”

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