Prepare yourself for more funky Deadites, as a new Evil Dead film is on the way. The film will move “the zombie action away from the cottage in the woods and into the city as two estranged sisters’ reunion is cut short when flesh-possessing demons drive them into a battle for survival,” according to the press release. Although series star Bruce Campbell will not reprise his role as Ash Williams in Evil Dead Rise, he is one of the executive producers and so knows a little about the project.
When questioned about Evil Dead Rise during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bruce Campbell indicated that the Necronomicon – the book responsible for all the undead mayhem — will be central to the upcoming picture.
It’s book-centric. It’s all about [the Necronomicon]. Where does this book wind up and what happens to it over the millennia? In this case, it’s set in the city, it’s no more cabin in the woods. It’s entirely different, unsuspecting heroines who are going to save the day. It’s filming now in New Zealand, with some of their amazing crews down there and they’re well into it. Rob Tapert is the hands-on producer and we’re all very involved in the script. We all jump in at various times to chime in. But, yeah, the three of us are very involved.
Campbell also spoke about Lee Cronin, who was hand-picked by Sam Raimi to write and direct the upcoming film. “Sam handpicked Lee Cronin, an excellent Irish director who directed The Hole in the Ground,” Campbell explained. “Lee is a fascinating director, and Sam has collaborated with him on a handful of Quibi projects [as a producer]. As a result, he hand-picked him, just as he did Fede lvarez (for 2013’s Evil Dead).” Bruce Campbell isn’t about to throw out any labels when it comes to whether Evil Dead Rise is a sequel or remake. “It can be called whatever people want: sequel, remake, or reinterpretation,” Campbell added. “It’s just another Evil Dead flick,” says the critic. Evil Dead: Rise of the Dead is an action-adventure game.