There are a handful of films and projects headed our way in 2015 that I think have landed on a lot of people’s most anticipated lists, but the one that trumps them all? Well, that goes to Sam Raimi’s Ash vs. Evil Dead, a 10 half-hour episode series on Starz that will see the one and only Bruce Campbell reprise his role as the iconic deadite-slayer Ash Williams. Both Raimi and Campbell have been promising a return to Evil Dead for a long, long time now, and it’s finally going to happen next year. Groovy.
Bruce Campbell recently sat down with EW and explains why they opted to go with a TV series rather than a feature film because “in the format of a TV show, we could give people exactly what they wanted and expand the character and the story even more.” So, while the idea of the Evil Dead franchise moving to the small screen raised a few eyebrows, this move allows them to ultimately give us more of what we all wanted—Ash and his trusty boomstick killing demons spawned by the Necronomicon.
Campbell goes on to give a little insight into present day Ash, saying, “You could have a [field day] with his PTSD. He’s a war vet. He doesn’t want to talk about it, and he’ll lie about that stump on his hand to impress the ladies. That’s what I look forward to playing – a guy with horrible flaws. In Army of Darkness he can’t memorize three words, and he’s responsible for the death of a hundred people – this is your lead character!”
Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.
EW even expanded on the premise of the series, describing it as a “half-hour horror comedy where Ash takes a road trip to banish his demons alongside two young helpers and his trusty boomstick.” Ash with a couple of sidekicks certainly adds an interesting dynamic to this one. Who will they be?