We’re still a few weeks away from the release of Evil Dead, which sees director Fede Alvarez attempting to update Sam Raimi’s classic. Based on the buzz coming out of SXSW, Alvarez has knocked this one out of the park, and during the post-screening audience Q&A, Alvarez announced that a sequel was already in the works.
Collider had an opportunity to speak with the director about his plans for the follow-up, and Alvarez confirmed that he would not be basing Evil Dead 2 on Raimi’s original sequel, but would approach it as a “100% original” story.
Last night, you all mentioned you were in the process of writing Evil Dead 2. Are you attached to that film, and where do you see this going?
FEDE ALVAREZ: I think it’s going to depend on where we take it. Right now, we just got to write it. For me, it’s if we manage to agree, but we’re just starting to build a story and figure out what kind of movie it’s going to be, and it depends on what it is. It depends on the story we find, because personally, I think it has to shock everybody. It has to go to a different place just like Army of Darkness did with Evil Dead 2. It has to do that switch that every Evil Dead movie did with the previous one.
Well you now have this new Evil Dead brand, but what does that mean if you’re not copying the sequels, because Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2 is slapstick. It’s a comedy, and that doesn’t seem like it would fit with what you’ve established here. What does that mean in terms of going forward with the vision you’ve now established?
ALVAREZ: Well, right now you have to create something different and completely new. And it’s exciting for me because in a long time, this, the new one—the next one—is going to be a completely new, fresh, 100% original, you bet. Because this one has so many ties to the first one that at the end of the day, being what it is, it’s like a sound of the original movie. But this next one, it’s not a remake of Evil Dead 2. It’s something completely new and different. I’m so excited to see where that’s going to go.
Evil Dead will hit theaters on April 5, 2013.