Over the weekend came news that director Sam Raimi would be getting to work on a screenplay for Evil Dead 4, despite the fact that a reboot of the franchise was on its way to theaters next month. Unfortunately, it turns out that might not be his intention after all.
Speaking with Bleeding Cool, Raimi explains that he may have been a bit hasty with his words –
Those guys made me say that. I am thinking about it but a crowd goes “Come on Sam, do it!” so I said “Okay, I guess I was talking to my brother about it.” But I feel like I was pushed into saying that, a little bit. In the hallway today I joked with Ivan [his brother] “Get working on that script!” but I really don’t know.
I’m afraid that every time I talk about it people get really mad at me when I don’t follow through with it. I would like to work on the script over the summer, that much is true. But the reason to come back and do it again is only that they’re making me, those fans.
I was saying to Ivan “Why do they stay on this thing? Why do they keep at it?” and he said “They want to make a movie. You’re a filmmaker and your fans are asking you to make the movie. What are you, an idiot? Make the movie!” I guess there’s something I don’t see. It makes sense when Ivan says it… but I didn’t have a tremendous amount of passion until right now to bring to it.
I love working with Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert, I have so much fun making those movies, so… but the fans are really forcing me into it.
But surprising enough is Raimi’s response to a follow up question as to what other projects he may have lined up to do –
No, I don’t really have something else.
So will Raimi and his brother Ivan develop something for an Evil Dead 4 that will fire up his enthusiasm? Here’s hoping.