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Sam Raimi’s producer reveals “Evil Dead 4” is actually “Army of Darkness 2”

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On March 10, Sony Pictures announced two new movies: a sequel to the upcoming reboot “Evil Dead” and another sequel relating to the original trilogy, unofficially known as “Evil Dead 4.” will be involved in both films, producing the former and directing and co-writing the latter.

Coming Soon caught up with producer Rob Tapert at SXSW this past weekend, where he announced that “Evil Dead 4” would instead be “Army of Darkness 2.” This would imply that the new film is a sequel to 1992’s “Army of Darkness,” where franchise protagonist Ash () was accidentally transported back to the Middle Ages and battled scores of undead enemies in his quest to return to the present. Like its predecessors “The Evil Dead” and “Evil Dead II,” the film received highly positive critical reception and has attracted a large cult following.

Tapert has made it clear that the two series will not interfere with each other, as the reboot contains entirely new characters. Bruce Campbell, who will reprise his role of Ash in “Army of Darkness 2,” added that the two franchises would be able to “co-exist beautifully.”

The “Evil Dead” remake, directed by newcomer Fede Alvarez, recently premiered at SXSW in Austin, TX to very positive fan and critic reactions. It will be released nationwide on April 5, 2013. You can read our interview with the director and cast here.

What are your thoughts on these new additions to the “Evil Dead” franchises? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.


15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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Sam Raimi explains his “World of Warcraft” and “Spider-Man 4″ departures

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“World of Warcraft” recently gained Duncan Jones as a director, but we still haven’t forgotten the fact that it lost Sam Raimi. The “Oz the Great and Powerful” director opened up recently about why he decided to drop the video game adaptation.

“Robert Rodat was working on the script, and it was taking a long time. I think they were getting a little antsy at Legendary, the production company,” Raimi told Vulture. “Actually, what happened was even more complicated, so let me go back a little bit. First, they asked me if I wanted to make it, and I said, ‘Yes, I love World of Warcraft, and I think it would make a great picture.’ So I read a screenplay they had that was written by the guys at [Warcraft developer] Blizzard, and it didn’t quite work for me. I told them I wanted to make my own original story with Robert, so we pitched it to Legendary and they accepted it, and then we pitched it to Blizzard, and they had reservations, but they accepted it.”

He continued, “Then Robert wrote the screenplay, and only once he was done did we realize that Blizzard had veto power, and we didn’t know that. And they had never quite approved the original story we pitched them. Those reservations were their way of saying, ‘We don’t approve this story, and we want to go a different way,’ so after we had spent nine months working on this thing, we basically had to start over. And Robert did start over, but it was taking too long for the people at Blizzard, and their patience ran out. Honestly, I think it was mismanagement on their behalf, not to explain to us that the first story was vetoed long ago. Why did they let us keep working on it? Were they afraid to tell me?”

The story behind why he dropped “Spider-Man 4″ is a bit simpler. As he explained, this time it was him who couldn’t get the story right.

“It really was the most amicable and undramatic of breakups: It was simply that we had a deadline and I couldn’t get the story to work on a level that I wanted it to work,” Raimi said. “I was very unhappy with ‘Spider-Man 3,’ and I wanted to make ‘Spider-Man 4′ to end on a very high note, the best ‘Spider-Man’ of them all. But I couldn’t get the script together in time, due to my own failings, and I said to Sony, ‘I don’t want to make a movie that is less than great, so I think we shouldn’t make this picture. Go ahead with your reboot, which you’ve been planning anyway.’ And [Sony co-chairman] Amy Pascal said, ‘Thank you. Thank you for not wasting the studio’s money, and I appreciate your candor.’ So we left on the best of terms, both of us trying to do the best thing for fans, the good name of ‘Spider-Man,’ and Sony Studios.”

Fun facts: Raimi still hasn’t seen Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and he had planned to cast Anne Hathaway as Felicia Hardy. “I loved what she was doing with the auditions for ‘Spider-Man 4,'” he said. Felicity Jones will reportedly play Hardy in the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

What do you think of Raimi’s reasoning? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Sam Raimi on plans to develop ‘Evil Dead 4′

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After a recent press conference while promoting “Oz the Great and Powerful,” director Sam Raimi nearly set the Internet on fire. Raimi seemed to say during one conversation that he is slated to start working on “Evil Dead 4″ over the summer.

“I would love to make ‘Evil Dead 4.’ My brother and I plan to work on the script this summer,” he said in London, via Bleeding Cool.

Of course, it’s not actually as simple as that. Raimi later clarified with the outlet that he feels pressured by fans to want to make the movie, and he doesn’t really have any desire to do it on his own.

“Those guys made me say that. I am thinking about it but a crowd goes ‘Come on Sam, do it!’ so I said ‘Okay, I guess I was talking to my brother about it.’ But I feel like I was pushed into saying that, a little bit. In the hallway today I joked with Ivan [his brother] ‘Get working on that script!’ but I really don’t know,” Raimi said. “I’m afraid that every time I talk about it people get really mad at me when I don’t follow through with it. I would like to work on the script over the summer, that much is true. But the reason to come back and do it again is only that they’re making me, those fans.”

He continued, “I was saying to Ivan ‘Why do they stay on this thing? Why do they keep at it?’ and he said ‘They want to make a movie. You’re a filmmaker and your fans are asking you to make the movie. What are you, an idiot? Make the movie!’ I guess there’s something I don’t see. It makes sense when Ivan says it… but I didn’t have a tremendous amount of passion until right now to bring to it. I love working with Bruce Campbell and Rob Tapert, I have so much fun making those movies, so… but the fans are really forcing me into it.”

“Evil Dead,” which Raimi produced, is due in theaters on April 5.

Would you want to see an “Evil Dead 4″? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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