But the director had an even bigger trick up his sleeve when he teased the ultimate team-up during a sit-down interview with Bloody Disgusting this weekend at SDCC. But first, he was asked if there would be an extended cut released of the first film as had been hinted at in the Blu-ray commentary. Alvarez replied there would not be, because the director's cut was the film people saw in theaters:
People are always asking me about the director's cut of the film. Honestly though, the version out right now IS the director's cut. I feel it is the best cut of the movie and it's also my favorite. We really didn't cut much as the MPAA had us make only minimal trims, like when Jane cut her tongue in half, we could only show that for two seconds instead of three. They didn't want us to over-expose the film's violence so if you only see things like that for a couple of seconds then you most likely won't become a homicidal maniac and go on a rampage.
And hey, how about that appearance by Ash () at the end of the first film? How did that all come about and can we expect it to build into something bigger for the next film? Could we even see - gasp - a team-up movie with him and Mia ()? Mayyyyyyybe...
When we initially got together to start production on the movie I was all about getting in cameos for Ted Raimi and Bruce Campbell and anyone else we could get in there. Sam immediately stepped in though and encouraged me to leave those characters alone and make my own movie and I think we benefited from that advice immensely. Still, we did get the Ash character in at the very end like a hidden track on a CD and my intention with that was to let the audience know Ash is still out there and he knows what's going on. We originally had a moment written where Ash would find Jane Levy's character wandering the road, but it was never filmed because Bruce was unavailable. The moment you seen at the end of the flick was very spur of the moment. We shot in in an office using only borrowed lamps for lighting.
For the next movie I want to continue the story laid out by my first film. I just don't want to get five new kids and throw them into the cabin. Who knows? Maybe Jane Levy and Ash (played by Bruce Campbell) will meet up? Maybe Jane will be attacked in the woods and die at the beginning of the second one. We're still in the very early stages of talking about it. I want to continue to add to the mythology and make my own movie and revere the films that have come before it.
An Ash and Mia team-up movie? Say no more. I am so totally there.
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