‘Evil Dead Rise’ Director Lee Cronin Sets Next Project

Atomic Monster and Blumhouse, the recently-combined genre giants, will produce a new film from “Evil Dead Rise” director Lee Cronin at New Line Cinema.

Cronin will write and direct the top secret project, one that has been suggested will remain in his horror wheelhouse. The Irish filmmaker will also produce the project through his label Doppelgängers.

New Line, a Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group label, has dated the film for an April 2026 release. It marks the studio’s first collaboration with Jason Blum and Atomic Monster head James Wan.

“Lee’s work is always fresh and surprising and he has an intriguing, modern take on something quite ancient that I think audiences will love,” Blum said in a statement. “This also marks an exciting series of firsts for us: Atomic Monster and Blumhouse’s first time working with Lee and our first joint project for Warner Bros. We can’t wait to get started.”

Cronin added that getting to “return to New Line Cinema and my wonderful partners over there is the cherry on top. I’ve got something wickedly entertaining and terrifying hidden up my sleeve, and I can’t wait to bring it screaming to the big screen.”

Atomic Monster and Blumhouse are co-financing the film. Wan and Jason Blum are producers. Michael Clear and Judson Scott are executive producers. Alayna Glasthal is overseeing the project for Atomic Monster.

“Evil Dead Rise” was a hit for New Line, fetching almost $150 million at the global box office. His additional credits include the breakout 2019 horror film “The Hole in the Ground.”

Cronin is represented by CAA, MGMT Entertainment and, with perhaps the longest firm name in history, attorneys at Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner Auerbach Hynick Jaime LeVine Sample & Klein.

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