We've been hearing for a while now that Raimi put a halt to the Freddy Vs Jason Vs Ash scheme because he had other plans for the character and didn't want to give him up just yet. Soon after that, we started hearing rumblings that Raimi wasn't going to be doing Evil Dead 4, but rather an Evil Dead remake. Now, Variety has confirmed that.
Also confirmed is that Raimi will only produce the film through Ghost House and not direct. There is no mention if Bruce will be returning to the role.
I'm a little bit conflicted with this news, mostly because of the giant question mark about Campbell's involvement outside of the inevitable producer's role he's sure to pick up. But how can anyone else play Ash? Making an Evil Dead movie not directed by Raimi and not starring Bruce Campbell as Ash would be suicide, although, apparently Raimi is in talks with a famed Asian director noted for 'that movie where the guy shoves a golden ladle up his ass'. If that happens, then that could be cool, but without Campbell as Ash then is there really any point?
Who knows? Maybe Raimi's got other plans and this is just one of a couple Evil Dead related projects. Maybe he's still planning Evil Dead 4 after his last Spidey flick. I know I'd rather see a continuation of the series rather than another remake - Evil Dead 2 struck that odd balance of being a remake and sequel, so why do it again? Who knows..