Whilst we’re not always necessarily keen on remakes, reboots and redos, Fede Alvarez’s 2013 Evil Dead was a refreshingly intriguing and, shock horror, good new take on the world Sam Raimi created back in 1981. Over the past few years, there’s been talk of combining the Evil Dead worlds of Alvarez and Raimi, and that’s something that’s apparently still a possibility.
With his next feature Don’t Breathe released next month, Uruguayan Alvarez has again been discussing all things Evil Dead. After all, the Evil Dead world has once more been thrust into the spotlight with Starz’s Ash vs. Evil Dead series.
Speaking recently to Den of Geek about first and foremost doing a sequel to his own Evil Dead redo, Alvarez said, “I’m really good friends with Sam – we always chat and we really became friends after Evil Dead, so casually the conversation always comes and goes ‘Like what about that Evil Dead 2?’ is a question we always throw around.”
Alvarez continued, “My pitch for it was let’s combine the two worlds and have Jane from my film being fighting demons back-to-back with Bruce and trying to tell that story, but the tone is the key. What would be the tone? Because Bruce represents a more slapstick Evil Dead from Evil Dead 2, and my film is more faithful to the first Evil Dead where they weren’t trying to be funny at any level, though some people believe they were. I know them pretty well, and they weren’t trying to be funny at any level, they were just being over-the-top. Trying to find a tone is key to that movie. Now that Bruce is back in a way – because suddenly, his show is going to a third season and people know about him and the new generation knows why he’s so cool and he’s the character that he is – now might be the time to try that. That is what I love about Evil Dead – every movie is completely different from the previous one.”
The director then added, “You never know what to expect. With franchises, usually the whole idea is that you go to see them because you know exactly what to expect. In general, that’s the concept of a franchise, to give the audience what they want again – bigger and better – but Evil Dead has never done that. Evil Dead 2 innovates so much over Evil Dead 1. Sam was so accomplished by the time he makes Evil Dead 2 but the differences are so big, but then Army of Darkness is a completely different kind of movie. We knew that my movie had to be exactly what you weren’t expecting by going back to the origins of what the franchise was, so now we’re going into unchartered waters in a way. What are you go to do next that is original and fresh and is not just another Evil Dead and is not just a movie version of the show – ‘cause you can’t do that either. Maybe some people would like to do that but I would never do that. You have to give them something they would never see coming.”
Concluding on the possibility of another Evil Dead happening, Alvarez explained, “It’s really not up to me. I’d be completely game to figure something out with them, and it’s always a conversation. We haven’t closed that door at all.”
Up next for Fede Alvarez after Don’t Breathe is an adaptation of Monsterpocalypse for Warner Brothers, not to mention three mystery TV shows that he’s working on.
As ever, expect more on any more Evil Dead goodness as and when it develops.SHARE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW OR ON TWITTER @STARBURST_MAG
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