Horror geeks have two unrelated, but equally intriguing, pieces of news to talk about this morning on Twitter, Facebook and other digital watercoolers. First up is news that 30 Days of Night creator Steve Niles is taking on Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness.
No, Fede Alvarez's recent remake of Evil Dead isn't getting a sequel that jumps right into the time-traveling Army of Darkness (not yet, at least), rather Niles is taking where Raimi's film left off and running with it in a new comic called Ash and the Army of Darkness. According to the writer, the comic starts from the very last frame of the movie and then tells a whole new story of the continued adventures of everyone's favorite chainsaw-wielding Deadite killer.
If you thought Raimi's film was a fun, creative turn for the series because it took place in medieval times, you're in luck. Niles' run promises to take place almost entirely in that same 1300s setting. But we feel we must point out that this is not a canonical entry in Raimi's Evil Dead series. It's certainly an officially licensed direction for the story, just don't take it as this being the long list version of what Raimi would have done had he made an Army of Darkness sequel. You can check out a sample of the books' pages, drawn by Dennis Calero, right here.
And the second nugget out there for horror geeks to chew on is unfortunately very vague, but interesting all the same. The house that Freddy Krueger built, aka New Line Cinema, has purchased an "untitled and top-secret horror pitch from Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, the writers behind the company’s 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th and 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason."
Even if you're not a fan of Shannon and Swift's (this writer thinks 2009's F13 is a ton of fun), what still makes this compelling news is that it's said to be neither found footage nor a microbudget affair (which by Hollywood's standards means $3-5 million). That's good news for those of us who would love to see studio horror with a bit of meat on its bones. It's great that someone like Jason Blum can keep making movies that cost $3 million and make $40 million, but it would be a bummer if that meant the death of all studio horror that takes place in more than just a single house.