The long-awaited next Evil Dead movie is actually happening, according to Ash Williams himself, actor Bruce Campbell. However, the original trilogy’s director, Sam Raimi, will not direct the film, instead passing the baton — er, chainsaw? — to a new director. And, according to Campbell, Ash himself will also be sitting out this installment.
In a chat with Empire, Campbell revealed the next Evil Dead movie is being written and directed by Lee Cronin. Raimi and Campbell appear to be involved in a producing capacity.
“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,” Campbell said.
Campbell said Evil Dead Now, like the 2013 reboot Evil Dead, will focus on a female protagonist rather than Ash, with the actor-producer promising a “more dynamic” entry.
“From this point forward, they kind of have to stand on their own,” Campbell said of the films.
“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.”
Campbell last played the role in the now-canceled Starz series Ash vs Evil Dead. He and Raimi collaborated on Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness.