The dead are on the move.
The latest chapter of the continuing horrorfest that is The Evil Dead franchise–Evil Dead Rise–is officially in production in New Zealand, as reported by screenrant.com. Check out the tweeted photo from director Lee Cronin on this page that shows the fateful clapperboard that signals the cameras are rolling.
— Lee Cronin (@curleecronin) June 6, 2021
The New Line Cinema film was expected to start shooting last year but, as with other film and TV projects, it was delayed due to the pandemic. But it seems to be full speed ahead now.
No release date has been announced–this installment will bypass theaters (in deference to the lingering COVID-19 problems) and will debut instead on HBO Max–but that good news may be dropped soon, now that production is underway.
Evil Dead Rise–written and directed by Cronin–will take its cue from the original horror trilogy rather than from the 2013 reboot. The storyline–which will be set in the city rather than the usual woodland cabin–follows two estranged sisters (Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan) “whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-eating demons, thrusting them into a battle for survival,” according to the official synopsis.
The popular franchise started back in 1981 with The Evil Dead–written and directed by Sam Raimi–and continued with 1987’s Evil Dead II and 1993’s Army of Darkness. The films also have spawned various comic books, video games, the Ash vs. Evil Dead TV series and even a stage musical.
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