By: John Squires
Announced last year, the next Evil Dead movie is titled Evil Dead Rise, and we’ve learned from Variety this afternoon that the movie is going to be heading straight to HBO Max!
Produced by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, Evil Dead Rise is set up at New Line Cinema, and in the director’s chair this time around is Lee Cronin (The Hole in the Ground).
Variety details, “The next chapter in the saga builds off the original trilogy, rather than the 2013 reboot. Evil Dead Rise moves the action out of the woods and into the city. The twisted tale centers on two estranged sisters, portrayed by Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan, whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.”
“I’m thrilled to bring Evil Dead back to its original home at New Line 40 years after the release of the first film,” Raimi said in a statement. “The company’s history as pioneers of horror speaks for itself. I’m equally excited to be working with Lee Cronin, whose gifts as a storyteller make him the ideal filmmaker to continue the enduring legacy of the franchise.”
“At its core, Evil Dead is about ordinary people overcoming extraordinarily terrifying situations. I can’t wait for Alyssa and Lily to fill the blood-soaked shoes of those who have come before them and carry on that tradition,” Campbell added in a statement.
“The Evil Dead movies filled my brain with terror and awe when I first saw them at 9 years old,” Cronin said. “I am excited and humbled to be resurrecting the most iconic of evil forces for both the fans and a whole new generation.”
Robert Tapert is also executive producing alongside Raimi and Campbell. Filming is expected to begin in New Zealand next month, and Campbell is not expected to appear as Ash.