I’m sure you’ve all seen this by now, boils and ghouls, but in case you’ve missed it, check it out!
Man it is EVIL DEAD CENTRAL over here. A while back, we heard rumblings that Sam Raimi was working on a screenplay for a sequel to ARMY OF DARKNESS, and now we have confirmation from Groovy Bruce Campbell that ARMY OF DARKNESS 2 IS A GO!
Recently, according to ComicBook.com, Bruce Campbell was at the Wizard World Nashville Comic Con on Friday, and while there, a fan popped the question, “Are you going to make a sequel to Army of Darkness?”
Campbell’s response was as follows;
The last one was twenty-two years ago. I just haven’t been racing to do it. Sam Raimi is just a little bit busy making the biggest movies in Hollywood. I used to be busy. Now I’m not. That’s why I’m here.
Ash would have to stop occasionally from chasing some deadite to catch his breath. Maybe we could do that, I guess. That would be exciting. Fight in a walker. That would be alright. Hit them with my cane. Fake them out, have a fake heart attack, distract a zombie. I like it.
Campbell finally came clean on a serious note;
Alright sir, the answer is yes.
(And Now The Obligatory “Groovy”)
Sam Raimi’s THE EVIL DEAD and its sequels have amassed an army of followers, and their passion for the films is the subject of a new documentary that is seeking contributors.
HAIL TO THE DEADITES is being directed and produced by DiggerFilms’ Steve Villeneuve, who previously celebrated independent horror in UNDER THE SCARES. This time, he says, “The goal is to make a documentary about the fans with the fans. We think the Deadites are a big and strong family, and making this film will allow us to reach out to each other. As a fan, I want to know them and I want to meet them. I want to share my collection and discover theirs. This film is not just for collectors; it’s for all the EVIL DEAD fans in general who made this franchise a classic.”
UPDATE: CHECK OUT THE NEW TRAILER AFTER THE BREAK!
That’s right you primitive screwheads, listen up! In an interview with Fede Alvarez on Bloody Disgusting, he happened to drop a bit of news that Raimi and co. seemed more interested in getting a second Army Of Darkness off the ground before, perhaps, a sequel to the Evil Dead remake. Alvarez was quoted as saying, “The pressure is on them now. Because as far as I know, and heard, Sam is really determined to get Army Of Darkness 2 happening. He is actually writing [it now].” This seems to lend more credence to the news we reported on earlier of a potential crossover between the two Evil Dead universes. Whatever the case may be, Ash certainly said it best:
How could I have missed all of this back in March? Well I’m reporting on it now! Right now this news should be treated with extreme speculation, but rumors have been flying since WonderCon that Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez and the Raimi/Tapert/Campbell team have further plans not only for the new Evil Dead franchise, but the entire Evil Dead franchise culminating in an eventual crossover with Army Of Darkness 2.
From: Bloody Disgusting
Director Fede Alvarez is currently wrapping up photography on EVIL DEAD remake, FilmDistrict and Ghost House Pictures’ remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult-hit horror classic, now filming in Auckland, New Zealand. The film was written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues (with a polish by Diablo Cody) is produced by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man); Rob Tapert (30 Days of Night) and Bruce Campbell who played the popular Ash character in the original trilogy.
Now Raimi confirms what we’ve more or less been suspecting, that the character of Ash will not be in the remake. He told MTV, “No, that character’s not in this movie“. He also said that the new one is “gut-wrenching, scary and intense“. This all fits nicely with what I’m expecting from the movie so far. From what I’ve heard, this thing is intense and gory and stays true to the spirit of the original without copying its exact story. In other words, I’m expecting it to do what remakes are (at their best) supposed to do.
A core cast of young, fresh talent includes Jane Levy (Suburgatory) as Mia; Shiloh Fernandez (Deadgirl, Red Riding Hood) as David; Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers) as Eric; Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) as Olivia and Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker) as Natalie.
“Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.”
Soooooo, what do I think about all this? I think that it sounds like they’re making a completely different movie than THE EVIL DEAD and it shouldn’t be called a remake at all. THE main character ASH isn’t even going to be in it and it doesn’t even follow the same story. What does this mean? It means they’ve made a completely different movie with elements similar to THE EVIL DEAD, making it a rip-off, not a remake, and to make matters worse, Diablo Cody (who has about the same writing talent as Stephanie Meyer) had a hand in the script. So, unlike other sites it would seem, while I think this may very well be an OK horror film, it shouldn’t have the name THE EVIL DEAD attached to it in any way. It should just be it’s own thing instead of marring the name of one of the greatest films of all time.
Born June 22, 1958 (the youngest of 3 brothers) in Royal Oak, Michigan, Bruce (Don’t Call Me Ash) Campbell is 54 today. Known famously for playing Ash (Ashley J. Williams) in the EVIL DEAD franchise, he’s also guest starred in a variety of Sam Raimi’s other films (though not as much as “that damn car”). I was a big fan of his starring role as Brisco County Jr. in the aptly titled The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. when I was younger, and watched Hercules & Xena specifically hoping his character Autolycus, the best character on the show, would show up. More recently he’s had a starring role in the film, playing a parody version of himself, MY NAME IS BRUCE, and a consistent role in the successful (for whatever reason, probably because he’s in it) show Burn Notice.
He’s had a long and varied career portraying a variety of characters from good to bad, dramatic to laughable, and will continue to go on playing memorable characters for some time to come. I’ve been a fan since watching THE EVIL DEAD as a very young (maybe a little too young) child on video, and I’ll probably always be a fan. I hope you have a Groovy Birthday, Mr. Campbell.
If you’re anything like me, when the original BOOK OF THE DEAD editions of THE EVIL DEAD, and EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN hit shelves, you were first in line to rush out and add them to your collection, giving them their own particular place amongst your shelf as the works of art they are. And then we waited for what we believed to be the next in the series with ARMY OF DARKNESS, but it never came. For years we’ve waited, our hopes and dreams waning as the years went on. Finally, however, the wait is over. Australian distribution company Via Vision is pleased to announce the release of Sam Raimi’s ARMY OF DARKNESS: THE NECRONOMICON EDITION for $49.95 (totally worth it) as a triple-disc DVD and Blu-Ray set on June 6th, 2012. And yes, boils ‘n ghouls, I’m crapping myself with anticipation.
For more information about perhaps the most fantastically awesome news I’ve heard all year, we turn to Australian source Michael DVD:
The boxed set that boasts the third and final instalment of the much beloved Evil Dead film cycle, Army
of Darkness: The Necronomicon contains both versions of Army of Darkness (Theatrical and irector’s Cut), a litany of special features and comes packaged in a one-off deluxe presentation. In addition to the high definition original theatrical release offered on Blu-ray this volume also includes DVD versions of the theatrical and director’s cut, 12 hand drawn pages from the Book of the Dead and extras all housed in a collectable rubber Necronomicon pack. Bonus materials are many and include original drawings, documentary, ‘Creating the Deadites’, which explores the creation of the ground breaking visual effects, alternate ending, deleted scenes and audio commentary with Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell who also provide comments and recollections for the director’s cut and deleted scenes.
“This is a great event with which Via Vision is naturally excited to be associated with,” says Nick
Wayman, Via Vision Entertainment Executive. “The release is packed with materials that make this a
must have for fans who love the Evil Dead trilogy, action and horror buffs and collectors of modern
film classics.” Via Vision will be releasing Army of Darkness: The Necronomicon through its distributor Madman Entertainment, and it will be available at retailers everywhere.
This is going right at the TOP of my WANT IT NOW list! Be sure to check back here at Backwoods Horror as more information and specifications develop on this incredible release. Wow!
Dubbed the “Screwhead Edition,” an Army of Darkness Blu-Ray will be coming to us soon now that rights for the film have reverted back to Universal. This from Shock Till You Drop:
Now that the rights for Army of Darkness have reverted back to Universal (from Anchor Bay Entertainment), its home video division has announced a Blu-Ray “Screwhead Edition” for May 19th. Special features will include the alternate ending, deleted scenes, The Men Behind the Army featurette, extra footage, theatrical trailer and audio commentary with director Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Ivan Raimi. Exclusive to Blu-Ray: My Scenes, BD-Live and the ability to access production photos during the movie experience.
Another reason for me to look towards finally getting a Blu-Ray player. I just have this…issue with Blu-Ray discs, the quality of the image onscreen. Sometimes it looks like crystal clear film, absolutely stunning, and then, at times, it looks as though a high definition soap opera of sorts. It’s weird how the image switches back and forth and absolutely ruins the viewing experience for me. I’m not sure if it’s like this with older films, as I’ve only seen newer films in Blu-Ray. We’ll see. Wave of the Future and all that.