Legendary horror actor Bruce Campbell has revealed that Lee Cronin will be directing the upcoming Evil Dead 4.
The fourth film in the Evil Dead franchise has been a long time coming. The first film in the franchise hit cinemas in 1981, almost 40 plus years ago! The property, which began as the brainchild of Doctor Strange 2 director Sam Raimi, has since become a cultural mainstay, inspiring countless knockoffs and even a soft reboot in 2013. In a recent interview with Empire, Bruce Campbell, aka Ash Williams of the Evil Dead universe, has revealed the fourth film in the horror franchise will be directed by Lee Cronin. If that wasn’t enough to get fans excited, Campbell also teased the film’s official title: Evil Dead Now.
“We’re just getting off the phone with Lee Cronin, who is writing and directing the next Evil Dead. It’s called Evil Dead Now. 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.”
Those who were hoping to see Bruce Campbell return to the role that made him a superstar might be disappointed as the star revealed he won’t be appearing in Evil Dead Now. Campbell did however tease that the protagonist will be a female, just like in the Evil Dead reboot directed by Fede Alvarez.
“From this point forward, they kind of have to stand on their own. Which is fine. And liberating. You could have different heroes, different heroines in this case. This one’s gonna be a little more dynamic…We jut 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.”
While it is a bit disappointing that Bruce Campbell won’t be returning to Evil Dead, the reboot by Alvarez was able to stand on its own two feet without him. Currently, there’s no telling when Evil Dead Now will hit cinemas but it’d be great to see it on the silver screen next year, for the franchise’s fortieth anniversary.
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