It’s official! Evil Dead Rise is set to debut on HBO Max. According to Deadline, the film is being made for the streaming service. For fans of Sam Raimi’s Deadite sagas, there is a strong possibility that Lee Cronin’s production will get a theatrical release in offshore territories that may not have access to the network.
We all know that this particular incarnation will not take place in the familiar cabin in the woods. Instead, the unholy action will focus on an urban environment. Now, the story features two female leads. Alyssa Sutherland (Princess Aslaug in Vikings) and Lily Sullivan (Delphine in Barkskins) star as estranged sisters whose reunion gets interrupted when the Dark Ones are unleashed.
Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell serve as executive producers on this effort. The trio are excited to be working with New Line again which is particularly auspicious since this year marks the 40th anniversary of the original film.
Campbell is thrilled to be handing the reins over to Sutherland and Sullivan stating:
“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.”
Earlier this year, we had the scoop on Evil Dead Rise being filmed in New Zealand. On a recent episode of The Projection Booth Podcast, Bruce had stated that EDR was going into pre-production this month. According to IMDb, Cronin is in the process of location scouting and casting.
At present, no release date has been set. However, New Line has confirmed that post-production work will be done in Ireland. Canal Plus will be handling the distribution of Cronin’s work in the UK while Metropolitan will distribute EDR in France.
Stay tuned for more information!