Groovy baby. The Evil Dead have indeed risen again, because it looks like ol’ Ash can’t find any peace whatsoever from the Deadite menace. While the last time we saw the Evil Dead was in rebooted movie form, the franchise is returning to its roots. On television of all places.
Reuniting director Sam Raimi with frequent acting cohort Bruce Campbell, Evil Dead will see Ash return after having spent “the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead.” That all comes to an end however, when the Deadites threaten to overwhelm and destroy mankind, leaving only one hero that is groovy enough to wield a boomstick and kick some ass in Ash vs. Evil Dead.
The series will be a ten episode event over half-hour installments, with Raimi co-writing the script for the pilot with his brother Ivan Raimi and Tom “Chuck” Spezialy. Raimi will also direct the first episode, before assuming executive production duties with Evil Dead reboot producer Rob Tapert.
A fourth, proper, Evil Dead movie has been in gestation for many a year now. The trouble is, is that most studios most likely weren’t keen on financing it, as Evil Dead 3 made only a paltry $11.5 million at the box office in 1993. Speaking to Collider about shifting Ash to TV, Raimi was excited by the idea of a landscape that had less of a leash on creativity:
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. 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.
Last Updated: November 11, 2014