A remake or sequel to Sam Raimi‘s cult favorite “The Evil Dead” has been knocking around for years now, moving in fits and starts but never really getting anywhere. And while we’re probably not much closer to it, fans can’t help but ask about the film anytime Bruce Campbell or Raimi hit the press circuit. Back in January, the Guardian reported that Raimi’s longtime producing partner Rob Tapert said, “we’re looking at a script this month. What’s interesting about ‘Evil Dead’ is very few people saw it in the format we made it for, which is for the [movie] theater. I think Sam wants to embrace the ultimate experience in grueling terror.”
Well, it turns out not only is that script finished, but Bruce Campbell has read it, and while he won’t be reprising the role of Ash, he’s already eyeing a part. In an interview with Reddit to promote the “Burn Notice” spinoff movie “The Fall Of Sam Axe,” Campbell took on fan questions and inevitable, the topic of “Evil Dead” came up.
“NEWSFLASH: We are remaking ‘Evil Dead.’ The script is awesome. I will be one of the producers and possibly play the milk man,” Campbell announced to fans.
However with his work on “Burn Notice” and with Sam Raimi tied up with “Oz The Great And Powerful” for the foreseeable future, Campbell admits it’s likely a bit of a way off saying, “In all honesty, we would all love to make another ‘Evil Dead’ movie. When that will happen? Who can say – we’re all working on other jobs right now. We’re not trying to dodge anybody’s questions, there just isn’t that much to talk about. The remake’s gonna kick ass — you have my word.”
And that’s about all there is to it for now. A big reason why the “Evil Dead” films were so much fun in the first place was their low-budget, anything-goes approach. Made for the movie theater? Maybe. But there was also something special about watching it on beat up VHS that made it a blast as well. A glossier version? We’re not too interested and really, it’ll take one hell of an actor to deliver quips like Campbell (and if someone says Nathan Fillion, we’ll fucking scream). So, yeah, we’re in no rush to see this made at all.
Anyway, if you need some big chinned sarcasm, “The Fall Of Sam Axe” premieres on the USA network this Sunday.