The Evil Dead (2013) has been released on DVD and Blu-ray this week, and director Fede Alvarez spoke to Collider at the San Diego Comic-Con about the possibility of a sequel. Those who have seen the film understand the potential it holds for sequels and fans sure have shown their support for the original. So how would the Alvarez do it? Here’s what he had to say.
“We’re discussing. We’re still talking with Sam [Raimi] about it and trying to figure out what we should do. Maybe, because I’m a child of the ‘80s, but for me a sequel is a story that follows the previous one, and sometimes if you haven’t seen the original then you don’t understand the second one. Like Back to the Future 2: if you haven’t seen the first one, you’re not going to get anything out of Back to the Future 2. So that’s kind of my ideal sequel – a movie that continues the story, takes one character and moves on, and moves forward with that character that survived with the first one. That’s what I want to do. But the reality of the industry today is that the sequel is just the same concept, but with a new bunch of characters. That’s the reality of Final Destination or Saw. Generally it’s a new bunch of characters and you play with the same concept again. But I don’t think, personally, we should just get a new bunch of kids and throw them in the cabin and open the book again. So that’s what we’re trying to- we’re just going back and forth about what is the reality of the market and what kind of film should we do.”
Alvarez wrote and directed the remake with the franchise’s creator Sam Raimi, and star of the original film Bruce Campbell, sitting in the producer roles. Alvarez went on to say later that he has yet to be attached at the director for the possible sequel.
“Of course. It will be exactly the same people, but I’m not attached as a director right now. Right now all I am is the writer. That’s how I am involved with the film right now.”
Remakes have been a large part of genre filmmaking for a decade now, and it is rare that one both does justice to the original film and holds up as it’s own film as well. While Evil Dead is one of the few that did this properly, will a sequel or rebooted franchise be able to have the same output? No other news on a subsequent films has yet been released, but with this week also being comic con, there’s always a possibility on a surprise announcement from the Ghost House camp. For more on Evil Dead, Fede Alvarez and Sam Raimi, check back here at DiaboliqueMagazine.com!
– By Matthew Delhauer
Matt Delhauer is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, with a degree in communications and digital filmmaking. As an avid fan of horror films since childhood, Matt has had years of exposure to the best, worst, and many in between. Outside of film Matt also holds knowledge in several fields of media and entertainment, from literature to television, which are all met with an eye for analysis and a love of entertainment. For more of Matt’s work take a look at his blog at www.gingergeekblogs.blogspot.com or follow him on twitter: @MattDelhauer