If the Evil Dead franchise wants to rise again, they'll have to find the right tone to go with Ash vs Evil Dead.
The 2013 remake of Evil Dead was quite significant, not only for bringing back a franchise, which filmmaker Sam Raimi hadn’t explored since his 1992 movie Army of Darkness, but also because it introduced much of the world to Uruguay-born director Fede Alvarez.
Alvarez’s second feature, the unsettling home invasion thriller Don’t Breathe, will open on August 26th, but since Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell have brought back the popular character of “Ash” Williams for their hit Starz television series Ash vs. Evil Dead, many fans have wondered whether we might ever see a direct sequel to Alvarez’s film.
Much of the talk at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend was about the upcoming second season of Ash vs. Evil Dead, but since Den of Geek had a chance to talk to Alvarez himself, we decided to ask him if he’d still been thinking or talking about doing an Evil Dead 2 with Jane Levy’s character.
“I’m really good friends with Sam (Raimi) and Rob (Tapert) and Bruce (Campbell)—we always chat and we really became friends after Evil Dead, so casually, the conversation always comes and goes: ‘Like what about that Evil Dead 2?’ is a question we always throw around,” he told us.
“My pitch for it was ‘Let’s combine the two worlds and have Jane from my film being fight demons back-to-back with Bruce’ and trying to tell that story, but the tone is the key. What would be the tone? Because Bruce represents a more slapstick ‘Evil Dead’ from Evil Dead 2, and my film is more faithful to the first Evil Dead where they weren’t trying to be funny at any level, though some people believe they were. I know them pretty well, and they weren’t trying to be funny at any level, they were just being over-the-top. Trying to find a tone is key to that movie. Now that Bruce is back in a way--because suddenly, his show is going to a third season and people know about him and the newer generation knows why he’s so cool and he’s the character that he is--now might be the time to try that.”
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