‘Evil Dead 2’ Director Fede Alvarez Drops Out, Sequel’s Fate Unknown

Although Evil Dead 2 was reportedly in the works earlier this year, remake co-writer Rodo Sayagues recently revealed that the project probably won’t happen.

News of the filmmaker’s departure from the follow-up caught countless horror fans completely off-guard. Since everyone thought Alvarez and Sony Pictures were quickly moving forward with the flick, apparently that’s no longer the case. This is definitely bad news for fans of the recent remake.

Sayagues reportedly told Gorosito TV:

“Look, I am sorry to tell you this but that movie won’t happen. ‘Evil Dead 2’ is not going to happen, at least not with us involved. We left that project many months ago because we preferred to put our energies on other things. I don’t know if the producers still have intentions of making it. But what I can tell you is that we are not part of that project.”

Although Sayagues says the movie “won’t happen,” it’s doubtful that Sony Pictures won’t move forward with Evil Dead 2. Considering the remake was a surprise hit at the box office, the studio could always hire someone else to tackle the follow-up.

However, Fede Alvarez’s departure from the sequel is certainly bad news. Those who enjoyed his take on Sam Raimi’s classic horror movie were very happy with the gory re-imagining. The $17 million production made an impressive $97 million from audiences around the world. Sony would be foolish to let Evil Dead 2 just fizzle out.

If you’re beside yourself with disappointment about the Evil Dead sequel, then at least you still have Army of Darkness 2 looming on the horizon. The Inquisitr previously reported that director Sam Raimi will return for the long-awaited sequel to his certified cult classic.

What’s even more exciting is that star Bruce Campbell is all set to reprise his role as Ash in the Army of Darkness follow-up. After years of being pestered by fans regarding the status of the flick, Campbell dropped details about the project during his appearance at Wizard World Comic-Con in Nashville earlier this month.

The actor explained to an inquisitive fan:

“The last one was twenty-two years ago. Ash would have to stop occasionally from chasing some Deadite to catch his breath. That would be exciting. Fight in a walker. Hit them with my cane. Fake them out, have a fake heart attack, distract a zombie. I like it. Alright sir, the answer is yes.”

Are you disappointed that Fede Alvarez dropped out of Evil Dead 2? Do you think Sony Pictures will still move forward with the sequel without the director?

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