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Sam Raimi Ensures That, The Unauthorized Sequel of Evil Dead Doesn’t Get Made

Submitted by on August 28, 2012 – 1:00 pm Comments

Sam Raimi recently managed to stop the production of an unauthorized sequel of the Evil Dead franchise. Award Pictures which had planned this sequel and was in fact in the midst of making it had named the sequel Evil Dead 4: Consequences. Well, Award Pictures surely had to face the consequences, and the whole experience turned out to be no less than horrific, for the production house. Sam Raimi on his part proactively opposed this unauthorized sequel, as he himself intends to make a sequel of this popular 80s, movie franchise.

Sony Pictures and FilmDistrict are also involved in turning this vision of Sam’s into reality. Award Pictures did make a compelling case though; before proceeding with the production of Evil Dead 4: Consequences, Award Pictures went to the trademark office and put forth the argument that, Rami’s first film had released in 1981, after which his company exhibited a lack of control over the copyrights of the movie. In addition, Award Pictures also pointed to Raimi’s comments in a book published in the year 2000, in which he mentions that he would never do a sequel of this popular movie franchise. Award Pictures thus made its case that, the “Evil Dead” trademark was abandoned by Raimi and his company.

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Therefore, Award Pictures concluded that, it was fully within its rights to go ahead with the sequel and was sure that it wasn’t infringing any copyright laws. Raimi though had other ideas and managed to get an injunction, bringing to halt the production of the sequel. As it turns out, Award Pictures had a multi-million dollar financing deal with Anchor Bay, until the charges of copyright infringement were leveled against it.

Anchor Bay consequently pulled out, leaving Award high and dry. So much so that, Award Pictures wasn’t even left with any money to pay for lawyers, who could have made their case in a court against Raimi. This in turn benefited Raimi, as the inability to retain a lawyer in time to answer Renaissance’s (Raimi’s company) lawsuit paved the way for a judge’s decision to grant by default a permanent injunction. Award Pictures, has finally managed to secure a lawyer for itself and has decided to fight Raimi’s lawsuit tooth and nail. The only thing that remains to be seen is, if Award can hold its own against Raimi’s clout.

Nigel Owen

Nigel is a graduate from Birmingham University, Nigel has worked for about 8 years in the banking industry, until one day he discovered his passion for writing. It basically gives him the opportunity to enlighten himself about subjects and things that he normally might not come across.

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