There’s some good news for Deadites everywhere, as that mooted Evil Dead TV series is actually happening.
Variety reports that Starz has greenlit the series which will come from Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, and will star Bruce Campbell as Ash. It will be called….Ash Vs The Evil Dead.
The plot synopsis places Campbell’s Ash front and centre, as “the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who 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.”
Raimi states that “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.”
Campbell added “I’m really excited to bring this series to the Evil Dead fans worldwide — it’s going to be everything they have been clamoring for: serious deadite ass-kicking and plenty of outrageous humor.”
Raimi will direct the pilot and produce the series with Tapert and Campbell, while the writing will be shared by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi and Tom Spezialy.
So what do we think? Looking back at all the frantic speculation that was booming around the internet when the remake hit last year (Army Of Darkness 2! A sequel to the remake! A cross-over movie!) this seems a little less staggering, but if we take a step back…we’re getting Bruce Campbell as Ash, fighting Deadites, and Raimi and Tapert are involved. Also, this means that we actually have concrete news about Evil Dead. When was the last time that happened? That’s pretty…well, it’s groovy, isn’t it? Let’s just go for it and call it groovy.
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