Evil Dead director recently spoke to Collider about the Blu-ray release of the film and whether or not he'll be returning to direct Evil Dead 2. Right now it looks like they're in they're just discussing the possibility, but he'll definitely be returning as a writer.
We're discussing. We're still talking with about it and trying to figure out what we should do. Maybe because I’m a child of the 80's, but for me a sequel is a story that follows the previous one, and sometimes if you haven't seen the original then you don't understand the second one. Like Back to the Future 2. If you haven't seen the first one, you're not going to get anything out of Back to the Future 2. So that's kind of my ideal sequel – a movie that continues the story, takes one character and moves on, and moves forward with that character that survived with the first one. That's what I want to do. But the reality of the industry today is that the sequel is just the same concept, but with a new bunch of characters. That's the reality of Final Destination or Saw. Generally it's a new bunch of characters and you play with the same concept again. But I don't think, personally, we should just get a new bunch of kids and throw them in the cabin and open the book again. So that's what we're trying to- were just going back and forth about what is the reality of the market and what kind of film should we do.
I really like the idea of continuing the story from the first film, as opposed to having a new group of kids go to the cabin. One of the things that makes the Evil Dead franchise so great is its ability to weave through so many kinds of genres - horror, drama, comedy - and not give into the pitfalls of the Deadites. Zombies, for example, have a really strict set of rules, but this universe's malevolent spirits allow it to have so much more fun and turn cliches over on their head.