‘Evil Dead’ Sequel Set at HBO Max With Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell Exec Producing
"BURBANK, CA, May 26, 2021 – Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell – the acclaimed filmmaking team behind the iconic “Evil Dead” franchise – will reunite with horror house New Line Cinema nearly 40 years after the Studio’s landmark release of their seminal shocker for the highly anticipated next chapter in the saga, “Evil Dead Rise,” for HBO Max.
Moving the action out of the woods and into the city, “Evil Dead Rise” tells a twisted tale of two estranged sisters, played by Alyssa Sutherland (TV’s “The Mist” and “Vikings” ) and Lily Sullivan (“Picnic at Hanging Rock,” “Jungle”), whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable.
With Tapert producing, and Raimi and Campbell signing on as executive producers, along with Romel Adam, John Keville and Macdara Kelleher, the new film is being written and directed by award-winning Irish filmmaker Lee Cronin, who was hand-picked to take the helm by Raimi, Tapert and Campbell after earning widespread praise from critics and fans alike for his feature directorial debut, the 2019 chiller “The Hole in the Ground.”
Said Raimi, “I’m thrilled to bring ‘Evil Dead’ back to its original home at New Line 40 years after the release of the first film. The company’s history as pioneers of horror speaks for itself. I’m equally excited to be working with Lee Cronin, whose gifts as a storyteller make him the ideal filmmaker to continue the enduring legacy of the franchise.”
“At its core, ‘Evil Dead’ is about ordinary people overcoming extraordinarily terrifying situations,” added Campbell, whose embodiment of the ‘Evil Dead’ franchise’s reluctant hero, Ashley J. “Ash” Williams, has propelled the actor/filmmaker to international icon status across generations. “I can’t wait for Alyssa and Lily to fill the blood-soaked shoes of those who have come before them and carry on that tradition.”
Said director Cronin, “The ‘Evil Dead’ movies filled my brain with terror and awe when I first saw them at nine years old. I am excited and humbled to be resurrecting the most iconic of evil forces for both the fans and a whole new generation.”
Richard Brener, President and Chief Creative Officer, New Line Cinema said, “New Line has a proud history of involvement in some of the most influential and enduring horror films of all time, and the original ‘The Evil Dead’ was a landmark moment for the Studio. The movie transformed the genre and with each new installment, Sam, Rob and Bruce have continued to raise the bar. It’s exciting to have them back in the fold for ‘Evil Dead Rise’ after all these years, especially as they bring with them an immense talent in director Lee Cronin. His inventive spirit and his reverence for the franchise make him the perfect director to unleash Evil Dead once again.”
“Evil Dead Rise” will be filmed on location in New Zealand, with post production work completed in Ireland. The film will be distributed internationally by Warner Bros. Pictures except for the UK where the film will be distributed by Canal Plus and France where the film will be distributed Metropolitan."
Auckland’s screen production industry is booming, and today’s announcement by the Government of a $305 million, four-year commitment to the national industry will help to ensure that Auckland remains a sought-after destination for international and domestic producers.
Ministers Simon Bridges and Maggie Barry made the announcement at an Auckland set of Ash v Evil Dead – the latest hit from legendary US producer Rob Tapert, which is into its third season of filming in Auckland. Tapert has been a huge contributor to, and supporter of, Auckland’s screen industry since filming the Hercules and Xena series here.
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) is mandated to support and drive growth of the regional screen industry on behalf of Auckland Council.
This includes attracting productions to Auckland, and operating Screen Auckland – the region’s film office – and the new 27ha Kumeu Film Studios, which was established thanks to a landmark partnership between ATEED, government agency the New Zealand Film Commission, and major international studios Warner Bros and Gravity Pictures.
Dean Butchers, ATEED General Manager Business Attraction & Investment, says the Government’s internationally competitive New Zealand Screen Production Grant is an absolutely crucial component of a thriving screen sector in Auckland, and New Zealand.
“The grant system is the foundation on which our screen sector continues to be built, so we are delighted to see the Government’s renewed commitment outlined by ministers Bridges and Barry today, including the substantial commitment to the domestic industry,” says Dean Butchers. “The Government’s consistent support gives industry and the private sector confidence to invest.”
In 2016, Auckland’s screen production and post production sector earned $972 million gross revenue, employed thousands of skilled people in high-paid jobs, and supported more than 300 businesses. Auckland accounted for 64 per cent – $431 million – of the country’s total gross overseas production revenue.
“We are on target for another record year of issuing Council permits for filming in public spaces, and with the Kumeu studios set to expand with two new 2500m2 sound stages operational by next year, and ongoing strong interest in its world-class facilities from producers in China, the US and around New Zealand, the medium to long-term future for our regional industry is looking very positive,” says Dean Butchers.
“While Auckland’s highly desirable locations, renowned crews and talent, and portfolio of studio assets, are attractive to producers, there is no doubt the screen grant system has been critical in fuelling the current strength of our region’s industry.”
Kumeu Film Studios’ assets include a huge green screen, dive tank and outdoor ocean pool which were built by the producers of MEG – Warner Bros and Gravity Pictures – and left behind as part of an agreement with the NZ Film Commission which enabled the producers to gain the extra 5 per cent uplift available under the grant system.
“We look forward to continuing our close working relationship with the commission, both here and internationally, as we grow this key creative sector for New Zealand alongside industry. That approach encourages innovation which leads to competitive advantage internationally,” says Dean Butchers.
Rob is interviewed for a segment of the episode "Last Call" featuring Lee Majors and Bruce Campbell. Local teens raise hell when they steal the Delta from Brock's house. Ash and his best buddy Chet devise a plan to throw a party at the bar, lure the thieves in, and get the Delta and the [...]
DISH Studio's Jessica York talks to Rob Tapert and the cast of the horror/comedy/thriller Ash Vs Evil Dead. The second season of AVED premieres Sunday Oct 2, only on Starz. DISH Studio takes DISH customers behind the scenes of their favorite movies, TV series and sports-exclusive content on DISH channel 102.
From the creators of The Evil Dead comes a new STARZ Original Series
on Blu-ray and DVD August 23, 2016
BEVERLY HILLS, CA (July 18, 2016) - Ash vs Evil Dead, the 10-episode half-hour STARZ Original series, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film The Evil Dead. The series is executive produced by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, The Grudge), Rob Tapert (The Evil Dead, The Grudge), and Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness), the original filmmakers, and Craig DiGregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner.
Campbell reprises his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons - personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its Evil grip.
The cast also includes Lucy Lawless as Ruby (Parks and Recreation, Spartacus franchise, Battlestar Galactica, Xena: Warrior Princess), a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar (In Time, Raising Hope, Dexter, Meet the Fockers), an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash's loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell (Impress Me, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas), a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones as Amanda Fisher (Sleepy Hollow, Girlfriends), a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner. With a suggested retail price of $49.99 for Blu-ray and $39.98 for DVD, Ash vs Evil Dead includes exclusive audio commentaries by Bruce Campbell and more!
Ash Vs. Evil Dead Blu-ray Street Date: August 23, 2016
Run Time: 294 mins.
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic
Audio: Dolby True HD 7.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Ash Vs. Evil Dead DVD Street Date: August 23, 2016
Run Time: 294 mins.
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
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Starz has released the full Ash Vs Evil Dead Panel on youtube. Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Ted Raimi, Lee Majors, Lucy Lawless, and Bruce Campbell take the San Diego Comic-Con stage for a bloody good time, moderated by Dominic Patten.
Ash vs Evil Dead cast and producers are going to be at the the San Diego Comic Con on July 23 with a panel to showcase Season 2. Rob will also be at the event and panel!
Saturday, July 23rd, get up close and person with the “Ash vs. Evil Dead” gang. Things kick off with an autograph signing from 2:00-3:00 PM at the “Ash vs. Evil Dead” cabin in the Petco Park Interactive Zone. That’ll be followed by a panel presentation from 6:45-7:45 PM in Room 6A, capped off by a screening with your first look at Season 2 beginning at 10:00 PM in Room 6DE.
Expected talent includes Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Rob Tapert, Dana DeLorenzo, Ray Santiago, Lee Majors, Ted Raimi, and Sam Raimi.
Premiering in October 2016, the second season of “Ash vs. Evil Dead” roars back into action with Ash leaving his beloved Jacksonville and returning to his hometown of Elk Grove. There, he confronts Ruby. The former enemies have to form an uneasy alliance as Elk Grove soon becomes the nucleus of evil.
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby, who now possesses the powerful Necronomicon; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick dealing with the trauma he suffered in the cabin; and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, who, grief-stricken after the death of her parents, plots revenge against the Evil Dead. Lee Majors (Do You Believe), Ted Raimi (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” Spider-Man), and Michelle Hurd (“Law & Order: SVU”) join the series this year as Brock Williams, Ash’s father; Chet Kaminski, Ash’s childhood best friend; and Linda, Ash’s high school love, respectively.
Sam Raimi serves as executive producer with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” Xena: Warrior Princess”), Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”), and Ivan Raimi (Drag Me to Hell, Spider-Man 3) along with Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”), who serves as executive producer/showrunner. Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) and Moira Grant (“Spartacus”) serve as producers.
"Ash vs Evil Dead", a 10-episode, half-hour series, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead. The series follows Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its "Evil" grip.
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash?s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner. The series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio (?Chuck?), who serves as executive producer and showrunner.
Kick-Ash Cast Of Starz Original Series "Ash Vs Evil Dead" Expands For Second Season Lee Majors And Ted Raimi To Play Ash's Father And Childhood Best Friend
Original Filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell Serve as Executive Producers on the Series
Beverly Hills, Calif., February 10, 2016 - STARZ has announced today that Lee Majors (Do You Believe) will play the role of Brock Williams, Ash’s father, and Ted Raimi (“Xena: Warrior Princess,” Spider-Man) will play the role of Ash’s childhood best friend, Chet Kaminski, in the STARZ original series “Ash vs Evil Dead.” The series was previously renewed for a second season and will return in 2016.
Majors started his television career in “The Big Valley,” going on to “The Men from Shiloh,” to “Owen Marshall Counselor at Law,” to “The Six Million Dollar Man,” to “The Fall Guy,” to “Tour of Duty,” to “Raven” and countless television appearances on many series, specials, award shows and movies. He began his film career with Will Penny and Charlton Heston. Majors recently completed filming two movies Almosting It and Do You Believe. Majors will start filming on two feature films this summer, plus he has a lineup of several other feature films and television shows to be filmed in 2015/2016.
Cult horror movie favorite, Ted Raimi has appeared in all three original Evil Dead movies. His additional feature film credits include Midnight Meat Train, Shocker, Born Yesterday, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Grudge, Oz the Great and Powerful as well as the Spider-Man series of films. Television credits include “Supernatural,” “Twin Peaks,” “CSI: NY,” “Xena: Warrior Princess,” as well as “SeaQuest DSV” among many others.
The second season of the STARZ Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead” will be 10 half-hour episodes. The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby, who now possesses the powerful Necronomicon; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick dealing with the trauma he suffered in the cabin; and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, who, grief-stricken after the death of her parents, plots revenge against The Evil Dead.
Sam Raimi serves as executive producer with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” Xena: Warrior Princess”), Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) and Ivan Raimi (Drag Me To Hell, Spider-Man 3) along with Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) who serves as executive producer/showrunner. Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) and Moira Grant (“Spartacus”) serve as producers.
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Blastr was in New Zealand recently and toured the Ash Vs Evil Dead set. There's article on their site regarding the show and a brief interview with Rob.
What can fans expect from the Comic-Con appearance of AvED? In their statements below, Campbell and Tapert add insight to their big showing at the SDCC "Big Show" that might turn a zombie-loving nation of Dead-heads into Deadite nerds
Where is the series set?
Rob Tapert: We wanted to set the series in mythical Michigan. The first movie was actually shot in Tennessee. We wanted to shoot it in Michigan but couldn't because of weather, and this proved too expensive to shoot in Michigan, but we want to honor our Michigan roots, and the roots that gave rise to the Evil Dead. We would say it's Michigan with trees that don't exist there.
How are they building out the show from a couple movies to an entire series?
Rob Tapert: One of the unique challenges was settling on the mythology. The Evil Dead movies were so loose. You could drive trucks through the holes in them, so to stand up and have a logic and universe that stood on its own has been an ongoing challenge. We believe we've gotten through the first season making much smaller those loopholes that are part of the franchise. That storytelling: What are they? How are they different? Why is it not a zombie? All of those have been challenges along the road. The audience won't think we're just throwing things at them, but understand there's a rationale to what's happened. There is a set of rules, as loose as they may be, they're being followed.
About that chainsaw…
That sucker is real. Sort of. When I visited the prop workshop, I learned that the red motor housing is made of fiberglass and packed full of goodies. Inside there is a motherboard and a trigger for Campbell to pull and unleash hell. As the motor rips, there is a mechanism that spews smoke. And because this is a horror show, there is tubing that allows for blood to be pumped through when things need to get gory. Another fun fact: While there is a safety bar with a car timing belt and latex chainsaw teeth in use, expect to see a version that allows Ash to actually cut into the nearest Deadite.
Nov 4 (BusinessDesk) - Rob Tapert, the American film maker husband of actress Lucy Lawless, said the New Zealand company formed to produce a remake of his 1981 horror classic Evil Dead posted a profit of $49,000 before being wound up.
Auckland-based New Pacific Renaissance, of which Tapert is the sole director, received a $2.3 million government grant to help make the movie, according to its accounts. The remake, filmed in Auckland, garnered US$26 million in its opening weekend in April, beating the re-release of Steven Spielberg's 1993 dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park, according to Reuters.
Tapert's company incurred film production costs of $20 million during the Jan. 4, 2012 to March 31, 2013 period covered by the accounts. The company received advances from its California-based parent Evil Dead LLC and in return sold its intellectual property and physical assets back to its parent for $17.8 million.
The amount owing to Evil Dead LLC at March 31 of $2.9 million was expected to be repaid within 12 months, as the firm is wound down following the film's completion.
Tapert, 58, has made several television series in New Zealand, including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, starring Lawless.
Tapert made the original movie with director Sam Raimi, who co-produced the remake. According to the Evil Dead wiki page had met Raimi through his brother, Ivan Raimi, who had been his roommate at Michigan State University.