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The biggest horror news to come out of SXSW was the fact that Sam Raimi’s planned Evil Dead 4 will actually be Army of Darkness 2. When Bruce Campbell came to WonderCon Anaheim to promote the upcoming Evil Dead, he wouldn’t confirm that Army of Darkness 2 will actually get made.
“Sam’s always talked about it, every six months. He’s a bold talker. Most of it’s a pack of lies,” Campbell told Spinoff Online. When asked if Army of Darkness 2 is one of the packs of lies, he said, “It’s everything. It’s a lie and it’s a threat and it’s coming and it’s not. No one knows anything.”
When Spinoff spoke to Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez at WonderCon, he said he’d like to team with Raimi on a future film where his movie’s storyline will crossover with the planned Army of Darkness 2.
“Right now I’m writing a sequel to [Evil Dead], and [Raimi’s] going to make that one. He wants to really continue the story of Army of Darkness with the character of Ash, and ideally in my mind as a fan what I want is we make the sequel to this film and Sam makes that one and then we make a third film and we unite the whole universe,” Alvarez said. “I would love to see Ash and [Jane Levy’s Evil Dead character] Mia fighting demons together. That would be kickass. The kind of Bonnie and Clyde of the demon world.”
Campbell shot down that idea when he heard it, though. “Separation. Ash will only be in these movies,” he said. “[Alvarez is] a bold talker too. There’s a lot of bold talk today.”
Evil Dead is due in theaters on April 5, and Campbell said he’s extremely happy with how it’s turned out. “It’s coming like a freight train. I’m a proud uncle. I think it’s awesome. I think Fede did a great job,” he said. “[Fans] were pissed at the beginning. I think they’re turning now, and I accept their apologies all in advance for when they see it and they come groveling back to me so I can kick them in the face for being mean to us.”
This reboot of the Evil Dead series will be set in the same sort of world as the earlier films, Campbell confirmed. “Same mythology,” he said. “Same book that you shouldn’t touch but they do anyways, these stupid kids. Same isolated cabin, so it’s hard to get away. But we also wanted it to be timeless. There’s no cell phones. There’s nothing that tells you what year it is, and that’s how we wanted it.”
Campbell also teased that there’s a post-credits scene for those patient enough to wait for it.
“It’s for the person who stays through the bitter end of the credits,” he said. “And if they don’t, they don’t get to see it. It’s that simple.”
Evil Dead hits theaters April 5.