9 Jun – The fifth big screen instalment of the "Evil Dead" franchise finally has an official title, as revealed by the franchise star, Bruce Campbell.
"Evil Dead Now" is the upcoming movie's title, Campbell said in an interview Empire, during which he also revealed the director who will be writing and helming the project.
"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," he said.
The "Lee" he was referring to is none other than Lee Cronin, whose feature directorial – the title as mentioned above – was released last year. The Irish director was previously awarded the Golden Méliès (Méliès d'or) at the 2014 European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF) for his short film "Ghost".
Him being "hand-picked" by Sam Raimi is no surprise as the "Evil Dead" creator himself revealed last year that he had hand-picked a new director to helm the upcoming instalment, though the director's identity has been kept hidden until now.
Campbell will not be returning for the new movie but he did hint that it might be female-led.
"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," he stated.
Campbell portrayed Ash Williams in the horror franchise's first three movies, 1981's "Evil Dead", 1987's "Evil Dead II and 1992's "Army of Darkness", as well as in the follow-up TV series "Ash vs Evil Dead" that ran from 2015 to 2018.
He did not reprise his role in 2013's "Evil Dead", the fourth instalment that also serves as a soft reboot, helmed by Fede Alvarez.