I decided to lump these two news items together, being as they so nicely both link Bruce Campbell (just as any good film news should).
Firstly we have a small update on the status of Army of Darkness 2, which now looks to be firmly in the development process, albeit still pretty early stages. This news came about when Evil Dead reboot director Fede Alvarez was asked about the likelihood of a sequel. He said:
“Sam, Bruce, and Rob Tapert and I are good friends and we talk to one another often and we’re always coming up with new ideas and projects. Sam is teasing Army of Darkness 2, which he is working on the script with his brother, but at the same time Evil Dead 2 is something we definitely want to do at some point. … It’s always in the background and always in our heads. And every time I talk with Sam, we’re bouncing around ideas to find what would be the perfect sequel.”
To be honest that’s vague at best, but it is a step in the right direction to get Ash (quite literally) back on the horse.
The next news is slightly crazier (is that possible?). Word has hit that the cult classic Maniac Cop, a story of a serial killer dressed in a police uniform and starring the chin himself, Bruce Campbell, is now in development to be remade.
That in itself is a quirky piece of news, but not totally unsurprising given the still saturated remake/reboot landscape. But more interesting and exciting is the talent behind the movie;
It is being written by the great Ed Brubaker – the man behind the comic book series Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which you may also have seen as a small, underground hit at the cinema recently. It is also being produced by none other than purveyor of arthouse dreamscapes Nicolas Winding Refn, who as we understand may yet be flirting with directing the film. And in a move that shows ultimate respect for the source material, the team have brought the original movie’s director William Lustig in to the process!
I’m usually the guy who raises a suspicious eyebrow at the remake machine. But this has the early trademarks of a project that has a genuine respect for its origins and could easily lead to a totally unique retelling with an aesthetic style all of its own.
Fingers crossed both the above movies come to fruition and that Bruce Campbell gets 2 phone calls very soon!