Sam Raimi-Produced EVIL DEAD RISE Begin Production in New Zealand!

Evil Dead Rise director Lee Cronin revealed on Twitter that the production on New Line Cinema’s new movie of the Evil Dead franchise has begun production in New Zealand! Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are producing the project, and it also stars Alyssa Sutherland (Vikings) and Lily Sullivan (Picnic at Hanging Rock) as the female leads.

The movie is being produced exclusively for HBO Max, and it’s said to be a sequel to the other Evil Dead movies. It will move the action out of the woods and into the city, “Evil Dead Rise tells a twisted tale of two estranged sisters, played by Sutherland and Sullivan, 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.”

Bruce Campbell earlier teased, “The Evil Dead is going to fuck up a city this time.” I’m excited about this new Evil Dead film! I’m curious to see what the creative team has in store for us and I just hope that it delivers another awesome chapter in the Evil Dead franchise.

Said Raimi said in an interview, “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 a pioneer 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.”

Campbell added, “At its core, Evil Dead is about ordinary people overcoming extraordinarily terrifying situations. 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 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 added, “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.”

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