Fans of the original Evil Dead trilogy have been waiting for over 20 years to see the unlikely hero Ash Williams back at the forefront of kicking monster asses. The wait is finally over, relatively speaking, as Starz has officially ordered to series Ash vs. Evil Dead from franchise creator Sam Raimi. Load your boomsticks with confetti and blast them into the sky.
While it would be amusing to fool you guys into thinking Raimi & Co. were casting someone else besides Bruce Campbell to play Ash, that would just be cruel. Campbell and his iconic jawline are indeed coming back to reprise the role of humanity’s chainsaw-handed savior. And no, they won’t be trying to shoehorn the 56-year-old actor into playing a younger version of himself.
Here’s how the plot will go, according to the press release.
Can you imagine Ash just living a normal life, going shopping at the S-Mart for groceries and whatnot? It is going to be amazing to witness his return, and the fact that we’ll get ten episodes of it makes me all the more ecstatic. Raimi and Campbell first talked about an Evil Dead TV series back in July, but they’ve both been talking about Army of Darkness sequels for ages, so it’s forgivable if no one actually expected it to become a reality. Someone must have read the Necronomicon in the perfect way or something.
Raimi and his filmmaker brother Ivan are writing the series, along with Tom Spezialy, who has written and produced shows like Reaper, Manhattan and Desperate Housewives. The first episode will be directed by Sam Raimi himself, lending more credibility to it. He’ll also be executive producing alongside Campbell and longtime producer partner Rob Tapert. Here’s how Raimi puts it.
Even with all the horror that has taken over TV in the past year or two, only a few series have actually gone with a “monster” approach, with most choosing to focus on the horror of humanity itself. Ash doesn’t have time for that mess, and no one has time to wait around for a sequel to the completely forgettable big screen remake from last year. We want more classic Evil Dead shenanigans now!
We’ll still have to wait around, of course, but Starz (opens in new tab) is planning on bringing all ten episodes of Ash vs. Evil Dead to audiences in 2015.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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