Sam Raimi Is Interested In An Evil Dead Sequel

 

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Spanning across decades, various platforms, and at least two different universes of continuity, the Evil Dead franchise is still well beloved by the fandom that made it popular in the ‘80s, and kept it alive into the modern day.

Series’ creator Sam Raimi, knows this fact extremely well. And just like those fans that helped rocket his career into horror genre history, he too would like to see a sequel in some shape or form. Raimi revealed this intention, and the talks he’s currently having, below:

I’d love to make another one. I don’t think TV is in its future but we’re talking about – Bruce[Campbell], Rob [Tapert] and myself – one or two different ways to go for the next movie. We’d like to make another Evil Dead feature and in fact we’re working on some ideas right now.

Sam Raimi is certainly busy at the moment, what with his producer duties on Crawl bringing him into the spotlight to discuss this current film. That almost seems like an open invitation to discuss the man’s legacy horror title, which not only gave his career a boost, but also saw Bruce Campbell come into prominence as a genre favorite actor.

It certainly isn’t the first time that the Evil Dead series has been talked about in terms of how it would continue in a more modern context. Recent experiences certainly support Raimi’s ruling out TV as a possible avenue, as the Starz show Ash vs. The Evil Dead has already worn that path down with its cancellation after three seasons.

Another interesting possibility that was brought up during his interview with Bloody-Disgusting is the fact that Sam Raimi mentioned Bruce Campbell as an involved party in these Evil Dead talks, and that he’s pretty much prepared for any contingency that could be offered. Which leads to those various options that were mentioned at this particular Crawl junket.

Those two different paths are pretty obvious, with Raimi also interested in trying to bring back director Fede Alvarez into the realm of the Evil Dead saga. With his 2013 legacyquel giving the franchise a much needed shot to the arm, there’s plenty of room to return to Jane Levy’s Mia, after the events of her run in with the Deadites. The director, who also saw success working with Levy in Don’t Breathe, certainly isn’t against jumping back in, as he’s said in the past.

Indeed, Fede Alvarez’s series would be a fantastic world to follow up on, but even Sam Raimi himself admits that the director’s career has taken off to such heights that it might not be easy. With Don’t Breathe 2 still on Fede Alvarez’s plate, and his first taste of tentpole franchise work coming in last year’s The Girl In The Spider’s Web, there’s certainly a demand for the man’s work. Which allows the second possibility to emerge, in which Bruce Campbell somehow rescinds his retirement notice, and comes back to the role of Ash once again.

That’s a scenario that’s a bit wishy, washy, despite the newer Evil Dead film closing on a post-credits stinger that would saw Bruce Campbell’s Ash returning to say “Groovy” to the delight of fans far and wide. The cancellation of Ash vs. The Evil Dead seemed to break his heart in such a way that unless it was in a much less intensive context, like say a video game DLC character, he wouldn’t want to return to Ash any time soon.

Yet Bruce Campbell’s friendship with Sam Raimi seems strong enough that, should the right idea come along, he’d probably want to jump in and do justice to the character he originated in 1981’s The Evil Dead. Again, Bruce Campbell has made remarks that sound like he’d easily hand the role over to another actor, but when your good friend is trying to get the band back together for another ride into the sunset, it’s kind of hard not to at least hear them out.

Should either the Campbell or the Alvarez options not work out, there seems to be a third, more secretive option to resurrect the Evil Dead franchise. No details were given on what that would entail, however Sam Raimi did drop this final juicy tidbit as a closer:

So I think you may see some action on the Evil Dead movie in the next six months.

Six months would mean that by time 2020 is ready to get rolling into a new year, we might just have a new evil to look forward to in the future of the Evil Dead universe; no matter who it sees as its lead. With Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert this excited to get things off the ground, it sounds like nothing in Heaven, Hell, or Earth will be able to stop them. Though Hollywood may have something to say about that, so we’ll keep our ears open for any further developments.

Crawl is in theaters now, with 2013’s Evil Dead currently on all home video platforms.

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The Russo Brothers Are Still Trolling Marvel Fans Hard With New Tease

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has recruited a lot of talented filmmakers over the years, but Joe and Anthony Russo are arguably the heaviest hitters of that select group, having delivered four of the most important entries in the franchise, Avengers: Endgame most recently. It goes without saying then that their panel at San Diego Comic-Con is a highly anticipated event, and the Russos are continuing to troll Marvel fans about what to expect with this latest tweet.

The Russos first began teasing what’s in store for their San Diego Comic-Con panel this Friday with audio from the 2017 Comic-Con when footage from the then-upcoming Avengers: Infinity War was screened for the people in Hall H. Naturally this led some folks to wonder if the directing duo would show some never-before-seen footage from their past Marvel movies.

However, that was then followed by another tweet containing audio from the TV series Community, which the Russos worked on before joining the MCU, and today we receive a third tweet containing audio from Arrested Development, another major TV credit on their resumes. In case you can’t listen to the above tweet, it’s Jeffrey Tambor’s Oscar Bluth saying:

Classic stuff. While it goes without saying that the Russos’ Comic-Con panel will cover their time at Marvel, it’s looking like rather than exclusively focusing on that, it’ll touch on other areas of their careers. With four more days to go until their panel, now I’m waiting for a fourth tweet that’ll include audio from their 2006 movie You, Me and Dupree.

Given that Marvel Studios is holding its own massive Hall H panel this Saturday, it’s incredibly unlikely that some massive piece of MCU-related news will be announced during the Russos panel. That said, it’s possible some juicy tidbits from their time working on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Just don’t expect the entire panel to revolve around the franchise.

Joe and Anthony Russo’s San Diego Comic-Con panel will be at Hall H this Friday at 11 a.m., so those of you attending the convention, best of luck you’ll be able to grab a seat for the event. As for what’s ahead for the MCU, look through our comprehensive guide for that information.

Will Quentin Tarantino’s Last Movie Be Star Trek? The Director Talks About A ‘Loophole’

 

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Quentin Tarantino fans are largely aware of the director’s plans to “retire” from filmmaking after his tenth film. At the same time, they seem intrigued by this story that Tarantino has a Star Trek script that he has pitched to J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot, with designs to possibly direct, if it were to move forward. Would Tarantino actually want to end his illustrious career on a Star Trek movie?

We asked Quentin Tarantino that very same question when he appeared on the ReelBlend Podcast to discuss Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – his ninth film, due in theaters on July 26. We will run the full interview closer to the release of Once, but wanted you to hear Tarantino’s thoughts on his 10-film plan, Star Trek, and how those concepts could collide:

The minute that Quentin Tarantino mentioned a “loophole,” we sat up and paid closer attention. Because this concept of retiring after directing 10 films was created by Tarantino himself, and so if anyone was going to change the “rules” of this self-imposed game, it could and would be him.

The way he describes it, actually makes sense, with Quentin Tarantino elaborating:

I guess I do have a loophole, [if] the idea was to throw a loophole into it. Which would be [to go], ‘Uhhh, I guess Star Trek doesn’t count. I can do Star Trek … but naturally I would end on an original.’ But the idea of doing 10 isn’t to come up with a loophole. I actually think, if I was going to do Star Trek, I should commit to it. It’s my last movie. There should be nothing left handed about it. I don’t know if I’m going to do that, but that might happen.

Eight of the nine films directed by Quentin Tarantino up until this point have been original works that were written as unique materials for the filmmaker to explore. Only his third film, Jackie Brown, was adapted (by Tarantino) from an existing Elmore Leonard novel. Tarantino takes pride in creating his own screenplays, writing them out in long-form handwritten notes on large note pads (if legends are to be believed).

So deciding to play in an existing franchise like Star Trek, especially for his 10th and final film, strikes us as odd. Wouldn’t Tarantino want to ensure that his final movie was as groundbreaking, boundary pushing and wildly original as all of the films that he has delivered up until this point, from Django Unchained and Pulp Fiction to the two Kill Bill movies?

Well, according to Tarantino, the answer is yes… and no. He agrees that the self-proclaimed “loophole” could allow him to do a Star Trek screenplay, and still call his last movie his tenth and final film. But if he were to make Star Trek his last film, that wouldn’t be bad, because he could use it to explore an alternate path for his career… what might have been if he chased adaptations and franchises over original work.

As he explains, on the ReelBlend podcast:

There also is another thought process going on where it’s like, yes, [my last movie] could be original. On the other hand, maybe that could show a different career I could’ve had. Whereas maybe [Once Upon a Time in Hollywood] is my last original — I’m not saying this is the case — but maybe this is my last original, and Star Trek or any other thing, a book or something like this, is the career I could have had if I wasn’t just writing everything all the time. Writing always originals. Maybe I could have had a different career if I looked for other people’s scripts, or if I wanted to find a book to be inspired by, and do an adaptation of. That would’ve been a different career. And maybe that could be fun to explore on the 10th [movie]. I don’t know. I mean, I’m making all this up as I go along, but those are two different ways I could look at it.

Now that’s interesting. Clearly, from the moment he burst on the scene with Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino has predominantly worked on his own original projects. Yes, he wrote the screenplay for True Romance, which the late Tony Scott directed. But Quentin’s fingerprints have been all over his projects, making them uniquely his own.

However, it’s fascinating to learn that there’s an aspect to his career that he’s mildly interested in exploring, where he would use his tenth and potentially final movie to be a franchise film like Star Trek, and use it to explore what it might have been like for him in Hollywood had he chosen to go down the hired-gun path.

There are countless directors who rely on screenwriters to deliver them worthy material. Everyone from Steven Spielberg to Martin Scorsese uses trusted scripters to deliver them words, and these iconic directors provide the imagery. Then there are the auteurs like Paul Thomas Anderson, who work on their own scripts, and don’t work until they have a screenplay ready.

But what if Tarantino directed other people’s screenplays? Perhaps he’d have a lot more than 9 movies to his name. He’d have less control over the content. But he’d have more works for his fans to analyze and enjoy, and that has to be weighing in the back of his mind as he contemplates retirement and inches closer to that final film.

Tarantino isn’t done yet – not by any stretch. His upcoming film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, provides the type of commentary and insight into the film and entertainment industry that only Tarantino can. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Rick, a fading character actor who’s had success in the Westerns who sees the landscape changing, and moving on without him.

At the same time, Rick has a trusted stuntman named Cliff (Brad Pitt), who exists outside of the industry and sees Los Angeles changing beneath his feet in the year 1969. Hippies fill the streets, and Charles Manson’s shadow looms large over L.A. How will both men adapt to these new surroundings?

We will have our full interview with Quentin Tarantino on the ReelBlend podcast closer to the release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The movie opens everywhere on July 26.

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How Much Money The Lion King Made During Its Opening Weekend In China

Back in 1995, the Chinese box office wasn’t even close to what it is now, so when The Lion King opened there (a year after its domestic release) it made only $5 million. Things are much different now with the release of the live-action remake of that animated classic. A week in advance of its domestic opening, Jon Favreau’s The Lion King debuted in China and it got off to a roaring start in its opening weekend.

The Lion King opened in the Middle Kingdom on July 12 and over its first weekend the photo-realistic remake made $54.7 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The tracking on The Lion King had it opening somewhere between $50 million and $60 million in the country so this is right within that range. This is a strong debut for the film, which is playing in China in both a dubbed version and a subtitled version with the English-language cast.

The $54.7 million opening is easily the best for any of Disney’s live-action remakes in China, surpassing this year’s Aladdin, which made $18.8 million, as well as Beauty and the Beast’s $45.2 million and previous king The Jungle Book’s $46.5 million. The Lion King also got many to pony up for the better presentation, with $6 million of the film’s $54.7 coming from 618 IMAX screens, a share much better than The Jungle Book or Beauty and the Beast.

This start sets The Lion King up to swipe the crown from Mowgli and Baloo, and pass the $150 million box office haul of The Jungle Book to become the most successful of Disney’s live-action remakes in The Middle Kingdom. Chinese ticketing app Maoyan sees The Lion King completing its run in the country with $165 million depending on how well it holds and the fierceness of the competition.

Part of what has elevated The Lion King to this level of success in China and what could bode well for it moving forward is that the film is receiving favorable buzz and positive scores from audiences on the various ticketing platforms. However, local film, the family drama Looking Up, is also receiving very positive buzz and a rapidly expanding theater count and when it opens wide on July 18, it could eat into The Lion King’s long-term prospects.

The Lion King opens domestically on July 19 and it has been expected, as basically all Disney films have been, to save an otherwise lackluster summer box office. The pre-sales for The Lion King were through the roof and tracking had it possibly crossing $200 million opening weekend. There is no doubt that The Lion King will be big, but now that the reviews are out it’ll be interesting to see just how big.

The Lion King is in danger of ending up rotten on Rotten Tomatoes, thanks to many less-than-impressed reviews that marveled at the film’s technological achievements, but lamented its lack of emotion and novelty. I tend to think that for this kind of spectacle movie, with this level of nostalgia and emotional investment, those negative reviews won’t matter much, at least not for opening weekend, people have already made up their minds. It’ll be interesting to see audience reaction though and how well the film holds over the course of its run.

The Lion King roars into theaters on July 19. Check out our premiere guide to see all the other movies you can look forward to this year.

There’s An Easter Egg In Crawl That Reveals The Whole Story, According To Barry Pepper

 

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Warning: uber SPOILERS for Crawl are going to be discussed. So if you want to stay away from any plot points present in this lightning fast thrill ride, come back once you’ve finished seeing the film.

You wouldn’t think that a film with a slim and sleek 87 minute running time would hide many easter eggs. In that sort of a short time frame, you have to get in, get out and close the curtain before too much time passes. That’s a strategy especially valid when talking about director Alexandre Aja’s vicious horror-thriller Crawl.

As the film is a short and effective thrill ride, the story that traps a father-daughter team in a crawlspace full of water, and two hungry alligators, needs to be told through expertly trimmed narrative. Every ounce of fat needs to be trimmed, so as not to slow down the proceedings; though this doesn’t mean that Crawl is completely devoid of such hidden treasures. Recently, we learned about one such reference that was snuck in, right under our noses and in plain sight.

During the press roundtables for Crawl, CinemaBlend was on hand to hear Barry Pepper himself reveal an easter egg that, quite literally, tells the entire story. However, it’s not as if a glowing red sign was pointing towards the house, saying whether or not the dog would survive.

Rather, this spoiler is coded in Bible verse, and as we learned first-hand, it spells out the overall skeleton of the film’s plot and message.

In addition to notes about his character’s experiences in Crawl, the text of Matthew 7:25 was written in the cover of a notebook that Pepper showed us as he discussed his role in the film. Which prompted him to open our discussion by sharing this:

Here’s a little easter egg for you guys. This is my, I don’t know if I should tell you this, this is my license plate on my truck: ‘Matt725.’ ‘And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the wind blew and beat upon that house. And it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.’

If you remove the alligators from Crawl’s narrative, the scripture above basically spells out what the film would have been like if it were more dramatic and less chompy. You could practically see that version of Crawl in your head, with all of the other events that befell Barry Pepper’s Dave and Kaya Scodelario’s Haley falling right in line with what the bible says in that specific package.

The rain descends, floods do indeed come and the wind throws a lot of different obstacles towards the Keller family house that Dave refuses to let go to another family. With the house surviving the story, Crawl basically does what it says on its tin, which probably holds communion wafers among the plot point it spells out.

Rather than being content with somewhat biblical events pushing this family into a confrontation that would bring them closer together, writers Michael and Shawn Rassmussen threw in the extra conceit of hungry alligators doing what nature programmed them to do. The rest is Crawl history, which has also seen this small-scale production raking an impressive amount of money in its first weekend of release.

To be honest, this is one of those easter eggs that you really need to keep an eye out for. Seeing as Crawl is intended to act as a fast and vicious disaster thriller that throws humanity up against said hungry alligators, the audience would be forgiven for missing the license plate on the truck Dave uses for his construction business.

It’s kind of like the microwave setting for snakes hidden in Snakes On A Plane: you’re not really looking for it in the moment, but when you find it, you’ll always know where to find it. Now we’re wondering if there’s any other cute easter eggs or in-jokes hiding in the waters that Crawl throws its audience into.

While it doesn’t play too much of a role in the story, it’s cool to know that inspiration struck at the right time to leave such a deep cut reference out in the open for all to see. Now the only question is, will audiences be fast enough to catch this moment in the film, or is it a moment that will have to wait for audiences to freeze frame that portion of the film?

Let us know if you find any, should you be going to see Crawl for your first or third time in theaters now. There’s also plenty of other monsters lurking at the summer box office, which you can read all about in our 2019 summer horror guide.

Should that genre not be your speed, the overall 2019 release schedule will help you find something worth your while. There’s options out there, and much like alligators, they’re pretty easy to find under the right conditions.

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Deadpool 2 Director Doesn’t Know If Marvel Is Making A Third Movie

One of these fan favorites is the Deadpool franchise, which broke new ground an an R-rated superhero movie. The highly successful sequel Deadpool 2 was directed by David Leitch, and it seemed like a threequel was inevitable. But once Disney acquired 20th Century Fox and its properties, the future of Ryan Reynolds’ signature franchise seemed unclear. And according to Leitch, the verdict hasn’t been made regarding Deadpool’s future with the House of Mouse. As he put it:

Brad Pitt And Leonardo DiCaprio Reveal Why It’s Great To Work With Other A-Listers

When Quentin Tarantino was assembling the cast for his ninth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, film fans everywhere were salivating over the sheer amount of talent attached, a star-studded cast rivaled only in upcoming films by Denis Villeneuve’s Dune and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. While Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s amazing cast is exciting for audiences, it is also great for the actors themselves. When asked if there was any trepidation to working with other A-listers, Brad Pitt responded:

Brad Pitt was unequivocal that he had no apprehension about sharing the screen with another big name actor like Leonardo DiCaprio, whom he had never worked with before (though they did appear on Growing Pains at separate times). Rather than looking at a film like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with multiple A-listers, as a delicate situation where everyone is jockeying for position, he instead looked at it as a situation where the amount of talent made things easier overall.

As he told Today, Brad Pitt was relieved that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood wasn’t all riding on him in front of the camera. That doesn’t mean he was looking to slack off or anything, just that it made the experience easier. Brad Pitt knew that he wouldn’t have to carry Leonardo DiCaprio through a scene and there was no question about the abilities or commitment of those around him.

Brad Pitt had complete confidence that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s other A-listers would bring it and without having to worry about his co-stars or about all eyes being on him, he presumably felt a little less pressure and was able to give his best performance.

As far as Brad Pitt’s co-star Leonardo DiCaprio was concerned, the fact that they are both A-listers only ever crossed his mind as a positive, as he explained:

The way Leo sees it, having the best actors possible is what was best for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, period. They as a collective are trying to create a piece of art and assembling the A-list talent that Quentin Tarantino did is a great way to help that art come to life. It’s also a great way to get people excited for the film and the prospect of seeing these actors share the screen.

Therefore, things that those on the outside might see as potential problems, like the dynamic between two big name actors, never even occurred to them. This isn’t like rival pop stars, these are actors all working towards a common goal. Ideally all that talent helps keep everyone on top of their games and makes them all better.

It sounds like working with other A-listers was a positive experience for all those involved and with so much talent in this film, that only bodes well for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’s success. The film is tracking to open between $25-$30 million and the early reactions have been very positive.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood opens in theaters on July 26. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the biggest movies coming in the second half of this year.

Why Sam Raimi Still Thinks About ‘Unborn’ Spider-Man 4 ‘All The Time’

Things only got better when Spider-Man 2 came along, a film which many at the time thought was an improvement on the original. However, a lackluster third installment, combined with script issues, let to a planned fourth film stalling out and never being made. While it’s been over a decade since that movie died, Sam Raimi says he still thinks about the movie that could have been quite often. According to the director…

Star Wars’ Mark Hamill Reveals Backstory Of Hilarious Set Photo With Carrie Fisher

There is arguably no film franchise quite as beloved as Star Wars. George Lucas’ colorful world has enthralled moviegoers for decades, resulting in entire generations of diehard fans. And while the sequel trilogy helped expand the galaxy far, far away, the original movies will always be regarded as the favorites. As such, any information about those magical days working on Episodes IV-VI is coveted by the fandom.

Mark Hamill played Luke Skywalker in both the original movies and sequel trilogy, and is one of the franchise’s biggest fans. He had a special bond with co-star Carrie Fisher, who passed away in 2016. Hamill often uses social media to directly communicate with the fans, and recently shared the information behind one hilarious photo of he and Fisher back in the day:

Carrie Fisher was known for her biting sense of humor, and it looks like this throwback image of Mark Hamill from the set of Return of the Jedi was all her doing. And that shouldn’t come as a surprise to her many fans.

The photo in question features Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in the desert, while filming the Tatooine scenes in Return of the Jedi. Fisher is wearing Leia’s iconic gold bikini, but it’s actually Hamill that steals the focus. Because the Luke Skywalker actor is shown wearing his co-star’s colorful robe, in an image that really breaks the illusion of the franchise, and shows what life was like on set.

It turns out that not only was Mark Hamill wearing Carrie Fisher’s robe on the set of Episode VI, but underneath he was also sporting one of Leia Organa’s costumes from the previous film, The Empire Strikes Back. Specifically, her jumpsuit from the character’s time on the ice planet Hoth. That’s the white garment you can see underneath the robe— one that Hamill seemingly didn’t want to wear in public.

This funny moment from the set of Return of the Jedi is largely due to Carrie Fisher herself, and her wicked sense of humor. Because while ensuring a young Hamill that no one would ever see them on the film’s remote set, she promptly spotted a photographer in the distance. And just like that, this iconic photo of the two young actors was born. Luckily, this wasn’t the last time they’d be on a Star Wars set together.

The loss of Carrie Fisher is still being felt years after her death, as the late actress has a special place in many moviegoers’ hearts. Aside from her acting roles and tenure as General Leia, Fisher was known for her career as a writer, as well as her signature quick wit and sense of humor.

These feelings of mourning will likely only resurface with the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. J.J. Abrams’ upcoming blockbuster will be Leia’s final bow, with Carrie Fisher being brought to life through unused footage from the previous two movies. The character was reportedly going to have a major role in the movie before Fisher’s death, only making the legendary actress’ sudden death all the more tragic.

Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher can be seen in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.