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Sam Raimi Stops Unauthorized Evil Dead 4





Sam Raimi Stops Unauthorized Evil Dead 4A while back we told you about Sam Raimi being involved in a legal battle over the rights to make Evil Dead 4. You see, another outfit wanted to make its own sequel without Raimi's input or blessing, and as you could imagine, that didn't sit well.

Today justice has been served. According to THR, Raimi has prevailed in his effort to stop a production company from releasing an unauthorized sequel to his horror classic trilogy series The Evil Dead.

In May, Renaissance Pictures, formed in 1979 by Raimi, producer Robert Tapert, and actor-producer Bruce Campbell for the purpose of making the first film, sued Award Pictures, which was in the midst of making Evil Dead 4: Consequences. The movie was alleged to be interfering with Raimi's plan to make his own sequel for Sony Pictures and FilmDistrict. After the lawsuit was filed, Award Pictures and its president, Glenn MacCrae, failed to respond in court. The inability to retain a lawyer in time to answer Renaissance's lawsuit paved the way for a judge's decision to grant by default a permanent injunction.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Id rather see an Evil Dead 4 than the stupid upcoming remake.


Submitted by JB Demented on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 6:49pm.
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I still having trouble believing that this actually was happening/going to happen. Their basis for production was loose at best (paying a few hundred or a thousand bucks to use images from a different film in your own is common) and a lot of directors have said "i'll never do a sequel". It's one thing to grab the rights and do what you will with them (Day of the Dead 2, Creepshow 3); it's another to base it on someone's opinions at the time they were asked.

Though to be honest, I'm quite curious as to what the storyline for "Evil Dead 4: Consequences" would have been. The subtitle does intrigue me to know if it was intended as a direct sequel to the Raimi pictures or something entirely different in the universe.


Submitted by theGoldenSimatar on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 3:46pm.
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I can't imagine it could be a direct sequel without Campbell's involvement.

I wonder if they even had a script.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 4:02pm.
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Good point; though they could have always casted someone else, a "fresher, younger Ash" and have some reconning like when he is thrown back into the present he's regressed in age or in stasis of some crap.

Script or not, they probably had a treatment or an outline of what they were thinking of doing. Would like to read it out of curiosities' sake. Not something you hear every day that there's an unofficial sequel being planned beyond fan-film circles. Wonder if they're going to do what the folks behind Raging Bull 2 did and just change the title.


Submitted by theGoldenSimatar on Tue, 08/28/2012 - 4:34pm.
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That depends if the financing and distribution hinged on their having the rights to the name.

In the end I doubt their intent was anything too interesting. A vulture wants a quick and easy meal.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Wed, 08/29/2012 - 2:24am.

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