The Evil Dead is an American horror film franchise created by Sam Raimi. The films revolve around the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, an ancient Sumerian text which wreaks havoc upon a group of cabin inhabitants in a wooded area in Tennessee. The protagonist, Ashley J. "Ash" Williams, played by Bruce Campbell, is the only character to appear in every installment of the original trilogy. The original series includes The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987), and Army of Darkness (1992), all written and directed by Raimi. The franchise has since expanded into other formats such as video games and comic books. A musical opened in Toronto in 2003 containing material from all three films, and a remake of the first film is currently in development and due for release in 2013; despite being the first film of the franchise without Raimi as director, he is serving as producer of the film, with Robert Tapert (who produced the whole trilogy) and Campbell acting as producer as well.
In 2013, Raimi confirmed that his next directing work should be the fifth installment of the franchise and a direct sequel to the original trilogy, currently entitled Army of Darkness 2. The sequel will be written by Raimi and his brother Ivan (who co-wrote Army of Darkness) and should star Campbell once again.