New Line and HBO Max are returning to the world of the Evil Dead with a new film.
Director Lee Cronin has been tapped to write and direct Evil Dead Rise with Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and franchise star Bruce Campbell producing.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will take the undead creatures to the city with Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan starring as two estranged sisters whose reunion is cut short by an invasion of demons forcing them into a fight for survival. Alyssa Sutherland is known for her roles in series like The Mist and Vikings. Lily Sullivan recently starred in the Amazon Prime series Picnic at Hanging Rock.
“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,” Raimi said in a statement. “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.”
Bruce Campbell, the actor known for playing Evil Dead franchise lead Ash released a statement about the actors saying; “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.”
Evil Dead Rise is set to begin filming next month in New Zealand.