Lee Cronin
Lee Cronin

Irish filmmaker Lee Cronin to write and direct new The Evil Dead movie

Irish filmmaker Lee Cronin (The Hole In The Ground) has been confirmed as writer and director of the new The Evil Dead film.

From Empire Online:

Speaking to Empire, Ash himself – Bruce Campbell – opened up about the latest developments around a new film. “We’re just getting off the phone with Lee Cronin, who is writing and directing the next Evil Dead,” he confirmed. “It’s called Evil Dead Now. Sam handpicked Lee – he did a cool movie called The Hole In The Ground. We’re going to get that sucker out as soon as practical.”

As in Fede Alvarez’s 2013 Evil Dead, this one won’t feature Ash, who has hung up the chainsaw and shotgun for perhaps the last time – and will, by the sounds of things, centre on a female protagonist. “From this point forward, they kind of have to stand on their own. Which is fine. And liberating,” says Campbell. “You could have different heroes, different heroines in this case. This one is gonna be a little more dynamic.” He added: “We just want to keep the series current. And the mantra, really, is that our heroes and heroines are just regular people. That’s what we’re going to continue.”

Read Empire’s full Bruce Campbell interview – talking the legacy of Ash in their celebration of the greatest movie heroes – in the July 2020 issue.

Before directing one of Ireland’s highest-grossing horror films with The Hole in the Ground, Cronin wrote and directed the multi-award-winning short Ghost Train, which won the Melies D’Argent Award for Best Fantastic Short Film in 2015.