Unsurprisingly, Sam Raimi has successfully halted production on an unauthorized sequel to his classic horror film, The Evil Dead. The director’s Renaissance Pictures — formed with screen partners Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell — sued Award Pictures who were working on Evil Dead 4: Consequences.
Apart from the obvious reasons why this production outfit is totally lame for making such a move, Raimi also stated that the film would have ruined his own plans to pursue a sequel for Sony Pictures and FilmDistrict. Arguments over rights and trademark ensued. Award tried to argue that since Raimi’s first film in the series was released in 1981, 20 other movies have borrowed that title. “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,” THR reported. Award wants to contest the lawsuit, but do they really stand a chance? Cinema Blend revealed that the company also tried to piggyback Big Trouble in Little China, so there’s clearly a negative pattern here.
Award’s More Trouble in Little China would have seen Kurt Russell’s Jack Burton back in action to defeat Lo Pan after the sorcerer learns about the “mysteries of death.” Apparently, the company also brought the project to several conventions to share with fans, but it disappeared from the market — probably after Fox caught wind of the cheap scheme and squashed them like a bug. This kind of move can only come from someone who doesn’t understand the power of cult cinema. Did Award really think no one would notice that a company most people haven’t heard of was bragging about pillaging two of the most-loved movies by B-fans and cult cinema enthusiasts?
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