Published Jun 08, 2020Following reports last summer that we'd be getting a new Evil Dead film, OG star Bruce Campbell has finally announced who will be helming the next chapter in Sam Raimi's horror franchise.
In a new interview with Empire, Campbell confirmed that Lee Cronin — director of A24 cult horror flick The Hole in the Ground — will direct the upcoming Evil Dead movie, which we now know will be called Evil Dead Now.
"It's called Evil Dead Now," Campbell revealed. "Sam handpicked Lee — he did a cool movie called The Hole in the Ground. We're going to get that sucker out as soon as practical."
At this point, few other firm details about Evil Dead Now have been revealed. But Campbell did explain a bit about what we can expect.
"From this point forward, they [Evil Dead sequels] kind of have to stand on their own. Which is fine. And liberating," he said. "You could have different heroes, different heroines in this case. This one's gonna be a little more dynamic. We just want to keep the series current. And the mantra, really, is that our heroes and heroines are just regular people. That's what we're going to continue."
Evil Dead Now will mark our first from the franchise since the TV spinoff Ash vs. Evil Dead, which starred Campbell and was cancelled in 2018. It also will be the first in the series to come after Campbell revealed he was officially retiring from the role of Ash — though Raimi has since said he hopes the actor changes his mind about that.
The last instalment in the film series was Fede Álvarez's divisive Evil Dead reboot film, which arrived in 2013 and did not feature Campbell.
"I'd love to make another one," Raimi told Bloody Disgusting last summer. "I don't think TV is in its future but we're talking about — Bruce [Campbell], Rob [Tapert] and myself — one or two different ways to go for the next movie. We'd like to make another Evil Dead feature, and in fact, we're working on some ideas right now."