You may have heard wind of this story — I’m not going to call it news — but it is entertaining enough that it’s worth mentioning. Apparently fed up with director Sam Raimi’s refusal to make Evil Dead 4, a small production company named Award Pictures announced they were making their own. The problem: Award Pictures doesn’t have the rights to the Evil Dead franchise, Sam Raimi does. So why does Award think it can make ED4? From the Hollywood Reporter:
The company is using Raimi’s comment in a 2000 book that he would never do a sequel as proof that the “Evil Dead” trademark was abandoned. The company now says it is the primary trademark holder of the film title.
The book is The Evil Dead Companion and the line in questions reads: “”Ha,” said Rob and Sam. “We’re never going to do a sequel.”
This is the stupidest fucking thing I’ve heard of in quite some time. I don’t think you need to be a big Hollywood contract lawyer to know that Award’s claim is patently absurd. Just because Raimi refuses to make a sequel doesn’t mean he’s abandoned the trademark, as that would ignore prequels, remakes, home video releases, TV shows, everything else. That’s like Sam Raimi saying “I don’t like burnt sienna” and Award assuming that means they can have Raimi’s entire box of crayons.
Second of all, Raimi is making a fucking Evil Dead remake now. Like, right this fucking moment. HE OBVIOUSLY HAS NOT ABANDONED THE FRANCHISE, YOU FUCKING IMBECILES. To use my previous metaphor, SAM RAIMI IS CURRENTLY USING THE OTHER CRAYONS. YOU CANNOT FUCKING HAVE HIS FUCKING BOX OF CRAYONS NO MATTER HOW HE FEELS ABOUT BURNT SIENNA. And even if Raimi had given them up, why would that mean Award has them? Surely there are plenty of people/companies in line for the rights ahead of award. THE CRAYONS ARE STILL IN RAIMI’S HOUSE, YOU MORONS. EVEN IF HE DOESN’T WANT THEM, THEY’RE NOT YOURS.
So yeah, this isn’t really news. Unless, of course, “REALLY FUCKING STUPID PEOPLE SOMETIMES WORK IN HOLLYWOOD” is a new headline for you. In which case you probably already work at Award Pictures, so there you go. Thanks to Capsulesn’Coffee for the tip.