Bruce Campbell to Star in 'Ash vs. Evil Dead' for Sam Raimi

Bruce Campbell to Star in 'Ash vs. Evil Dead' for Sam Raimi

Nov 10, 2014

It's been 22 years since Bruce Campbell starred in an Evil Dead movie as Ash, an average dude who reluctantly becomes an expert in fighting demons he can never seem to get away from. And in those two decades since Army of Darkness, fans all over the world have been clamoring for Campbell and director Sam Raimi to bring the character back to the big screen.

Well, it's finally happening, though not quite in the form fans have been expecting.

Starz is producing an official sequel to the original Evil Dead franchise called Ash vs. Evil Dead. It's going to start as a 10-episode series in 2015, with the pilot directed by Sam Raimi and cowritten with his brother Ivan Raimi. Here's the synopsis according to The Hollywood Reporter:

Campbell reprises his role as the title character Ash, a stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last three decades 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.

What's a little funny here is that plot - washed up former hero has to live up to his legend and save the day - is almost identical to the 2007 movie My Name Is Bruce, directed by and starring Campbell as a version of himself who is called upon by people who really think he is Ash to save their small town. It wasn't a particularly great movie, so hopefully Sam Raimi can milk a bit more out of that setup than Campbell was able to on his self-deprecating lonesome.

There's no mention of how this show will relate, if at all, to the Raimi-produced reboot of Evil Dead that came out just last year (and did feature a throwaway Campbell cameo), but fans of that movie probably shouldn't hold out hope for any direct mentions. What they can most assuredly count on, though, is that the show won't shy away from the red stuff that made the series a household name for horror fans. Ash vs. Evil Dead is reuniting Raimi with the network that made his surprisingly great (and very bloody) Spartacus TV show, though if we had only one hope for this new show, it'd be that they use less digital blood.

Regardless of how you feel about 2013's Evil Dead, we can all agree it proved that practical fake blood still reigns supreme.





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