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Evil Dead Rise Gets Hopeful Update From Director After HBO Max Shakeups

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  • Posted on 05th Aug, 2022 13:15 PM

Evil Dead Rise director Lee Cronin shares a hopeful update about the release of the horror film amidst the controversial HBO Max shakeups.

Despite a number of HBO Max shakeups, Evil Dead Rise director Lee Cronin is offering a hopeful update for the horror film's release. The latest installment in the Sam Raimi-created franchise marks Cronin's second feature directorial effort after 2019's The Hole in the Ground, which scored rave reviews from critics and led to Raimi hand-picking the Irish filmmaker to take the reins for the film. Production on Evil Dead Rise ran from June to October 2021 with former Ash vs. Evil Dead cinematographer Dave Garbett serving as the film's main cinematographer and Cronin teasing its gory nature with over 6,500 liters of fake blood used.


Though its connection to the larger franchise is currently unknown, Evil Dead Rise is said to center on two sisters, Beth and single mother Ellie, reuniting at the latter's cramped L.A. apartment where a mysterious book lingers in the building and unleashes a gruesome evil force. Alyssa Sutherland is leading the cast of the upcoming film alongside Lily Sullivan, Gabrielle Echols, Morgan Davies, Nell Fisher and Mia Challis. Upon being picked up by New Line Cinema, it was announced plans to release Evil Dead Rise onto HBO Max, though as the streaming platform undergoes a number of leadership shakeups, some are expressing their concerns about the film's fate.

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As the streaming platform falls under the spotlight, Evil Dead Rise director Lee Cronin took to Twitter to share a hopeful update for the horror film's release. Keeping his message short and sweet about its HBO Max release, Cronin assured his followers to "keep the faith." See Cronin's update below:

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Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has been in the hot seat this past week as he enacts a variety of HBO Max shakeups. The biggest fallout from the new decisions have included shelving the DC Extended Universe's Batgirl movie after feeling it didn't reach the blockbuster spectacle the studio wanted from the superhero franchise and Scoob! 2 A Holiday Haunt, which was reportedly already 95 percent complete. With multiple HBO Max exclusive films and shows being quietly removed from the platform and word swirling about reported plans to stop producing scripted TV shows for the streamer, it's understandable some would take concern in Evil Dead Rise's fate.

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Though the future of many HBO Max releases seems to be in doubt, Cronin's hopeful update for Evil Dead Rise should come as a promising sign for fans of the horror franchise. New Line Cinema, the production company behind the film, have enjoyed success on the big screen in the horror genre with the likes of the It and Conjuring movies and given Bruce Campbell, who is attached as executive producer on the project, recently indicated the enthusiastic test screenings for Evil Dead Rise could lead to a change in its release plans, all may not be dim for the Deadites' return. While audiences await further details on the new film, they can revisit the first two Evil Dead movies streaming on Tubi now as well as Army of Darkness on Max Go.

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Source: Lee Cronin/Twitter

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