Forty years after the first movie was produced, Sam Raimi and his ‘Evil Dead’ film series are coming to HBO Max
Evil Dead Rise, a new installment and sequel to ‘Evil Dead’ – a supernatural horror trilogy created and produced by Sam Raimi is already in the works and set to debut on HBO Max!
Forty years ago, Sam Raimi introduced the world to his horror franchise world and while the other titles in the franchise have gotten theatrical releases, ‘Evil Dead Rise’ would be launching on HBO Max, a streaming platform. This, of course, is only available for the U.S. Other countries such as France, U.K. would be getting a theatrical release a few days after the streaming platform debut.
While Raimi directed and produced the original film in the franchise, “The Evil Dead(1981)” as well as the two sequels, “Evil Dead II” and “Army of Darkness” released in 1987 and 1993 respectively, he won’t be directing this new installment. However, he would be acting as an executive producer alongside Bruce Campbell, one of the franchise’s old protagonists. Another veteran of the franchise who would be contributing to the production of the new installment is Robert Tapert and it is yet to see whether or not he would feature on-screen in the movie.
This is not the first time a Studio or Streaming platform has tried to revive and reboot the franchise. A soft reboot was directed by Fede Alvarez for Sony in 2013 but it didn’t quite hit the ground running in terms of ratings and revenue generated.
Raimi’s new installment for HBO max would pick up exactly where the original trilogy left off in 1993 by moving the horror from the woods into the heart of the city. The plot of this installment would see two estranged sisters thrust into a primal survival battle due to the sudden rise of nightmarish flesh possessing demons who just won’t die.
Speaking about the new installment he is working on for HBO max, Raimi said in his statement that he was thrilled the ‘Evil Dead’ series was finally back to where it belongs saying “The company’s history as pioneers of horror speaks for itself. I’m equally excited to be working with Lee Cronin, whose gifts as a storyteller make him the ideal filmmaker to continue the enduring legacy of the franchise.”
While there might be new protagonists in this installment, one thing is certain, they would both have to step up to the task because “Evil Dead” does not have a history of being less dramatic when it comes to staging terrifying situations.
Production for “Evil Dead Rise” begins June 2021 and a release date for the movie is still unclear at the time of this writing.
“Evil Dead” is not the only horror hits that have been produced by New Line Cinema. The studio has also produced hit titles like “It and It: Chapter Two”, “The Conjuring” series, among other titles.
Speaking about the studio’s preparation to create a new installment to the original “Evil Dead” trilogy, New Line Cinema’s president and Chief Creative officer said while the studio has had a history of producing influential and successful horror films, he is very excited to see Sam Raimi, Rob and Bruce Campbell all coming back to work on a new installment to the franchise; stating that there is no better producer that can understand what “Evil Dead” means.
More news will be updated about the movie’s release date as more information is churned out.