Campbell on Evil Dead 4
Are we ever going to see an Evil Dead 4 from the original team? Despite the positive talk over the past year from the very people behind the original, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, there's still nothing concrete happening and there's a wonder if there ever will be.
However both Raimi and Campbell continue to push the film and are trying to keep the idea alive, even if they are honest enough to say that there's nothing happening on it. Recently Campbell even talked about how they would have to make it.
It seems that Bruce Campbell is even thinking about how to film Evil Dead 4, even though they aren't progressing the project. MoviesOnline have the comment from Comic-Con through MTV (no source article found):
“I mean if we were really smart [though], we’d go back to a handheld movie and shoot it in 16mm and find someplace in the middle of nowhere. And have a crew of 10 people. If we were smart.”
Well that makes sense, but still I can't see it working unless they sit down with absolutely no equipment and have some serious attempts at creating shots in imaginative ways, and I think that's going to be a problem now that they're all so used to big budgets and expensive equipment.
He does go on to capture the essence of the film though:
“The beauty of the ‘Evil Dead’ movies is that you’re only appealing to one demographic and that’s people who like horror movies. And you just have to please them. You don’t have to appeal to the studio. You’re already pleasing them by giving them part 4.”
Yeah, but you're really going to have to work some to ensure that the studio who's distributing the film promise not to hack it all up at the last moment and make something more commercial.
However that's all great to say this is how it should be made, the problem is that it's not being made. Right now there's no plans to do it just talk like “if we did do it, it would be like this, but no one's doing it”.
The biggest barrier and problem that's stopping this film though is the audience expectation. We're expecting so much from this fourth outing, and we're building it up more and more. Despite everything we know about Hollywood we still expect that Sam Raimi and the team can get back together and produce something akin to the original films.
In a way it's like a new band on the scene with their first album, that one astounds and the wave carries them forward, and yet the follow-ups may be studio slick and hits, but they never capture the rawness and excitement of the first few songs that made them famous. That's because they've spent so much time making those songs from their own life experiences and in their own time, now throw them in a studio and that's all gone, they've gone time, money and business pressures from people around them, and the expectation to recreate that first album they spent years on.
That's how it feels for Evil Dead 4. I wonder if they've all come too far to go back to the series and to make it live up to expectations.