Forty years after the release of Evil Dead, the supernatural horror trilogy created by Sam Raimi is rising from the ashes. A new installment, titled Evil Dead Rise, is in the works at New Line Cinema.
Unlike its predecessors, Evil Dead Rise is set for release on streamers: HBO Max in the U.S., on Canal Plus in the U.K. and Metropolitan in France.
Franchise creators, Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell are officially reuniting with the studio after briefly working with various companies for other installments in the franchise, such as Sony Pictures for the 2013 remake starring Jane Levy, and Lionsgate and Starz for the amazing Ash Vs. Evil Dead series from 2015-2018. Tapert will be serving as the producer for the film, with Raimi and Campbell serving as executive producers.
Rami created the series and directed the original film, 1981’s The Evil Dead, and its two sequels, 1987’s Evil Dead II and 1993’s Army of Darkness at New Line. He won’t be returning behind the camera to direct, but he will serve as an executive producer with Bruce Campbell, who won’t appear onscreen in the upcoming entry.
The film is set to premiere on HBO Max and will be written and directed by Lee Cronin ( The Hole in the Ground). And it will star Alyssa Sutherland (Vikings) and Lily Sullivan (Picnic at Hanging Rock), as two sisters who have to do battle with the unholy Necronomicon-possessed demons! Whether this directly connects to Raimi’s original series and the TV show or the previous reboot – 2013’s Evil Dead remains to be seen. Evil Dead Rise will begin production in New Zealand next month. It’s unclear when the film will arrive on the small screen.