Just when fans think Bruce Campbell won’t return to play the seminal Ash from Evil Dead, think again! According to theWrap, premium television network Starz has green lit the adaptation of this cult classic. Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell are set to return to the small screen in Ash vs the Evil Dead and just what new antics will occur will be up to writers Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi and Tom Spezialy.
This program is set to debut sometime in 2015.
“Evil Dead has always been a blast. Bruce, Rob, and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to tell the next chapter in Ash’s lame, but heroic saga,” Raimi said via press release. “With his chainsaw arm and his ‘boomstick,’ Ash is back to kick some monster butt. And brother, this time there’s a truckload of it.”
In this adaptation, perhaps what is in store for this program will include an expansion of the mythos so that, should the program be a success, more tales can continue. When Evil Dead: The Musical worked to successfully bring together a few common elements from the trilogy together into a rousing show, the possibility is certainly there. There’s no word as to whether this series will follow in the lore established by the recent reboot by Fede Alvarez. Campbell did grin at one OtakunoCulture reporter’s question at Fan Expo Vancouver 2014 about if the two heroic characters may meet; his response is that he can not confirm or deny the theory.
All that’s currently known is that 10 episodes are ordered and the comedy will be presented in a half hour (22 minutes technically) format. Instead of an 85 minute film about kids vacationing in the woods only to find a demon thirsting for blood, there will be 220 minutes of goodness to be found in a hugely fleshed out world where the Deadites are planning to rule, if not take over.
Raimi will be directing the first episode. If both his and Tapert’s previous television efforts from the 90’s are recalled, that suggests the direction should be heavy on the comedy and straight up action adventure much like how Xena: The Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys was made. Raimi’s executive producer role in the creation of Spartacus: War of the Damned and Legend of the Seeker may not necessarily factor in.
Whatever the direction, chain saws are no doubt being raised now as fans scream, “YEAH!”