Oh, Sam Raimi. Why must you taunt me so?
I’ve long been a fan of the director’s work since I first saw Evil Dead 2 in college in 1988. His unique and energetic visual style places him as one of the very few directors whose work can be distinquished by just watching a few moments of one of his films. Also, in conjunction with his longtime friend actor Bruce Campbell, he has created one of the great cult classic film franchises- the Evil Dead series.
Now, according to this interview, it seems that any planning Raimi had hoped to do for an announced fourth Evil Dead installment with his screenwriting collaborator brother Ivan Raimi has been pushed aside in finishing up his current horror film, Drag Me To Hell.
I read this article online that [referred to those Comic-Con quotes] and was like, ‘Raimi promises again. He’s not going to deliver’. And I was like, ‘Oh my God, you guys know me so well.’ I’m honored some people want to see it, and I’d like to do it, and one day I will. I just don’t know when.
Unfortunately, after Raimi finishes work on Drag Me To Hell, he will probably launch into his preperation for the next two Spider-Man movies that Sony wants. This is sure to gobble up two to three years of his time. He also still has that development deal with Paramount for relaunching their Jack Ryan franchise. Hopes for seeing an Evil Dead 4 anytime in the next five years seem pretty dim.