Next ‘Evil Dead’ Lands ‘Last Stop In Yuma County’ Director Francis Galluppi

Sam Raimi has kept the Evil Dead franchise alive in various ways, but he’s done so without stepping behind the camera himself. The most recent films have been directed by young filmmakers Fede Alvarez and Lee Cronin, and now Raimi has found another to lead the next chapter.

Deadline reports Francis Galluppi will direct and write the next Evil Dead movie, which Raimi will produce through his Ghost House Pictures label. Galluppi’s debut feature The Last Stop in Yuma County just released its trailer and opens next month, so Raimi is slightly ahead of the game here. It also goes to show that Raimi must’ve been very impressed as the film has a familiar tension and tone as Raimi’s classic horror.

Raimi said, “Francis Galluppi is a storyteller who knows when to keep us waiting in simmering tension and when to hit us with explosive violence. He is a director that shows uncommon control in his feature debut.”

We don’t know what the plot of this next Evil Dead will be, and it could be a while before we find out. Last year’s Evil Dead Rise was a big hit, earning $147M on a $19M budget, while the 2013 reboot made $97M. So things are running smoothly right now, and who knows? If they continue to go well, we could eventually see Raimi and Bruce Campbell reunite on a proper sequel.

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