If it's crap ... We'll tell you
When remaking a classic film of any genre, one always runs into the danger of stepping on the toes of the original film's canon. When that original is as revered as Sam Raimi's 'The Evil Dead,' that danger is decidedly more pronounced. Thankfully, Fede Alvarez was equal to the challenge and created something in the 'Evil Dead' remake that held true to the spirit of the 1981 classic while simultaneously establishing its own identity. It didn't try to undo or outdo anything that made us fall in love with Raimi's progenitor film. Meanwhile, there has been talk for quite some time that Raimi is putting together a sequel to 'Army of Darkness' with Bruce Campbell. During WonderCon, Campbell and Alvarez, prompted by a fan question, hinted that there could possibly be an overlap of the two established universes in the seventh film. This is highly unconfirmed, and may amount to little more than wishful thinking, but the seeds of the idea were clearly already sewn.
Highly speculative, perhaps, but obviously this wasn't something these guys were making up on the spot. At some point, a conversation to this extent took place behind closed doors. However, whether it turns out to be the official plan or just a lot of big talk, the discussion it inspires is well worth the hypothetical. I can understand the appeal of crossing over the two facets of this property; namely that you potentially draw revenue from two entirely separate generations of fans. And again, I really liked Fede Alvarez's 'Evil Dead' remake, and I'm even looking forward to his sequel. I'm not holding my breath that we'll ever seen 'Army of Darkness 2,' but let's take its production as a given for the sake of argument. Creatively, I don't understand how these two universes could overlap without seeming like a forced cash-grab. Without spoiling anything, let me just say that the character dynamics in the remake aren't quite the same as they were in the original film. Simply plopping characters from the two filmic canons together would create complications. Of course, they do always have The Book of the Dead, a supernatural MacGuffin of sorts that makes the rules rather pliable. So striking the issue of whether they can do it, how about asking if they should?
Would you want to see a new 'Evil Dead'/original 'Evil Dead' crossover? Do you think it could happen? How?