Proving that you can't keep an iconic cult franchise down, the Evil Dead will rise once more for an all-new instalment in the series with appropriately named Evil Dead Rise. It has been eight years since the Evil Dead was on the big screen with Fede Álvarez's nightmarish take, but Evil Dead Rise promises to be offering fans something different. The new movie is taking the long-running franchise in a new direction by relocating the action from the woods to the big city. The new film has already found its leads with Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan, and here's how Deadline describes what they know about the plot.
Evil Dead Rise tells a twisted tale of two estranged sisters — played by Sutherland (TV’s The Mist and Vikings) and Sullivan (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Jungle) — whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.
If you were expecting Bruce Campbell to be headling or making a cameo, you're in for some bad news. Following the abrupt cancellation of Ash vs Evil Dead after three gloriously gory seasons, Campbell decided it was time to hang up the boomstick for good. While I will always be grateful for the 30 half-hour episodes of more Ash fighting Deadites we got, the show deserved a proper send-off after setting up what looked like a Mad Max-inspired fourth season. However, Campbell will serve as one of the Executive Producers alongside Sam Raimi, here's what Campbell had to say about Evil Dead Rise;
“At its core, Evil Dead is about ordinary people overcoming extraordinarily terrifying situations,” added Campbell, “I can’t wait for Alyssa and Lily to fill the blood-soaked shoes of those who have come before them and carry on that tradition.”
Raimi added, “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.”
Evil Dead Rise will arrive on HBO Max sometime next year.