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Sounds like that Evil Dead 2 reboot just got shot with a boomstick

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Oct 30, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT (Updated)

Although we've been hearing that the director of this year's Evil Dead remake was on board for the sequel, it turns out that may not be the case after all.

Director Fede Alvarez's re-imagining of Sam Raimi's 1981 horror classic was both acclaimed by fans and embraced by audiences when it arrived last spring, leading immediately to talk of a sequel. Alvarez was all for it, saying that his Evil Dead 2 would move his version of the story forward and -- in a reveal that delighted diehard fans -- merge it with the storyline of Raimi's own three movies and a proposed fourth.

All well and good, right? More Evil Dead for everyone. But now that seems to have hit a snag. Rodo Sayagues, who co-wrote the Alvarez movie, had this to say to Gorosito.TV:

"Look, I am sorry to tell you this but that movie won’t happen. Evil Dead 2 is not going to happen, at least not with us involved. We left that project many months ago because we preferred to put our energies on other things. I don’t know if the producers still have intentions of making it. But what I can tell you is that we are not part of that project."

Wait, what? Obviously much has changed since Alvarez first unveiled his ambitious ideas for syncing up the entire Evil Dead universe. The good news is that Raimi and Bruce Campbell still seem intent on bringing their Evil Dead 4 (or, if you prefer, Army of Darkness 2) to the screen. 

But whether the Evil Dead remake does get a sequel, with a different writer and director, remains to be seen. Should the studio put Evil Dead 2 into motion with all-new talent? Or should they just keep it on ice and let Raimi concentrate on his film?

(via Slashfilm/Shock Till You Drop)