Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan have been tapped by New Line to headline the latest instalment of the “Evil Dead” series of films.
According to Deadline, “Evil Dead Rise” will be directed by Irish filmmaker Lee Cronin and lens in New Zealand this June.
Evil Dead Rise tells a twisted tale of two estranged sisters — played by Sutherland (TV’s The Mist and Vikings) and Sullivan (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Jungle) — whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable
The film is being made for HBO Max but will likely air theatrically in Australia, and other countries, where the streaming service isn’t available.
Robert Tapert will produce, with Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell executive producing.
Said Raimi in a statement, “I’m thrilled to bring Evil Dead back to its original home at New Line 40 years after the release of the first film. The company’s history as pioneers of horror speaks for itself. I’m equally excited to be working with Lee Cronin, whose gifts as a storyteller make him the ideal filmmaker to continue the enduring legacy of the franchise.”
“At its core, Evil Dead is about ordinary people overcoming extraordinarily terrifying situations,” added Campbell, “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.”