‘Evil Dead Rise’ Will Bypass Theaters, Debut On HBO Max

The next Evil Dead installment is in the works–a full 40 years after the iconic original chilled horror fans–and will eventually land on HBO Max.

Evil Dead Rise–from New Line Cinema–will not hit the big screen as the other films in the franchise did, but will premiere on HBO Max, as reported by Variety. Production is slated to start in New Zealand next month, but no debut date has yet been announced.

This new entry–written and directed by Lee Cronin (The Hole in the Ground)–will build off the original horror trilogy rather than the 2013 reboot. The action, as explained, will move from the cabin in the woods to the big city.

The storyline follows two estranged sisters (played by Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan) “whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-eating demons, thrusting them into a battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable,” according to the official synopsis.

Evil Dead Rise is produced by Bruce Campbell (who starred as Ash Williams in the original trilogy), series creator Sam Raimi and Robert Tappert.

In explaining the success of the Evil Dead franchise, Campbell said the series “is about ordinary people overcoming extraordinarily terrifying situations. I can’t wait for Alyssa and Lily to fill the blood-soaked shoes of those who have gone before them and carry on that tradition.”

The franchise began with Raimi’s original 1981 The Evil Dead, continued with 1987’s Evil Dead II and wrapped up the trilogy with 1993’s Army of Darkness. The 2013 Evil Dead reboot took the series in a different direction, using a female protagonist. The franchise also has branched out to include comic books, video games, a Starz TV series (Ash vsEvil Dead) and even a stage musical.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on the continuing Evil Dead franchise.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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