Evil Dead Movie Sequel Coming To HBO Max From Bruce Campbell And Sam Raimi

Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi are making another Evil Dead movie, but don't expect to see Ash in this one.


The Evil Dead franchise will never die, at least not as long as Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi have anything to say about it. The duo is reuniting to visit the series once more with Evil Dead Rise, a movie sequel set to debut on HBO Max, rather than in theaters. New Line Cinema is the studio behind the film.

The news comes from Variety, which reports Rami and Campbell will executive produce the film, alongside Robert Tapert, who worked with them on the film trilogy and the TV series that followed, Ash vs. Evil Dead. Unlike the movies and the show, though, Campbell will not reprise his role as Ash in this new film. Additionally, Raimi will not be directing the next chapter of the story. Instead, Lee Cronin (50 States of Fright) will write and direct.

"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. "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."

This new film will be a continuation of the original series and is not connected to the 2013 reboot. It remains to be seen if it takes Ash vs. Evil Dead into account. Per Variety, the movie will follow a pair of estranged sisters (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."

"At its core, Evil Dead is about ordinary people overcoming extraordinarily terrifying situations," Campbell said. "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."

Production on Evil Dead Rise will take place in New Zealand and is expected to kick off in June. A release date has not been revealed at this point.

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