The Evil Dead, with its campy take on the horror genre, established Sam Raimi as a young director to watch when it hit theaters in 1981. Now, with several Spider-Mans and a track record as one of Hollywood’s foremost hit-makers under his belt, Raimi is suing the producers of a planned sequel to the film that helped him make his name. Renaissance Pictures, the production company Raimi formed with Evil Dead producer Robert Tapert and star Bruce Campbell to make the film, is listed as a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court of California, while Award Pictures, the makers of the proposed Evil Dead film are listed as
defendants. In court documents, Renaissance claims it holds the copyright to the series of cult films and that it never gave Award Pictures rights to make a new film in the series. Award Pictures did not return a call requesting comment, but a website for the company does claim to be developing a film called Evil Dead: Genesis of the Necronomicon.