It looks like Evil Dead is back, as Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are developing a brand new entry in the iconic franchise for HBO Max. The original released back in 1981 and is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary. It has been a mainstay in a popular culture far beyond the original trilogy with a 2013 remake and the Ash vs. Evil Dead series. Sadly, it seems the next entry won’t be heading back to theaters, as Evil Dead Rise will become an exclusive HBO Max series.
This continuation will focus on two estranged sisters, played by Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan, whose reunion gets interrupted by flesh-possessing demons. The new entry will be directed by The Hole in the Ground‘s Lee Cronin, who will also write its script. Raimi shared his enthusiasm returning to the franchise:
I’m thrilled to bring ‘Evil Dead’ back to its original home at New Line 40 years after the release of the first film. 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
Campbell also shared his excitement for the two young actresses joining the franchise and the blood-soaked shoes they will have to fill. They haven’t mentioned if Ash Williams will have a role of some kind in the film, as he has been the face of the franchise. He even had a brief cameo in a post-credit sequence from the 2013 remake. It’ll be interesting to see what new direction the franchise is heading once it hits HBO Max.