We've all heard about the Evil Dead reboot that's heading to theaters. But did you know there was an unauthorized sequel in the works, too? Sam Raimi sure did, and he wasn't too happy about it, so the director quickly put the brakes on an impending Evil Dead 4.
Raimi, Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell and producer Robert Tapert's Renaissance Pictures recently sued a production company called Awards Pictures. In May, they filed paperwork to block them from producing a new movie called Evil Dead 4: Consequences.
Consequences interfered with Raimi's plans to make another sequel. Plus he just doesn't want them using the name. But Awards Pictures didn't buy that as a valid argument.
In preparing Evil Dead 4: Consequences, Award Pictures went to the trademark office and argued that since Rami's first film came out in 1981, his company exhibited a lack of control over it, allowing it to be used as titles in 20 other motion pictures. Additionally, Award pointed to Raimi's comment in a 2000 book that he would never do a sequel as proof that the Evil Dead trademark was abandoned.
Either way, after Raimi's lawsuit was filed, Awards Pictures president Glenn MacCrae failed to respond in court. Therefore, the judge permanently enjoined "Award Pictures from using the 'Evil Dead' trademark or using marketing materials that might confuse the public into believing that Award has rights to the title."
MacCrae says he intends to challenge the ruling, but it looks like a done deal.
(via Hollywood, Esq.)