When director Sam Raimi teased the idea of a TV show based on The Evil Dead this past July while promoting the upcoming video game adaptation The Last of Us at Comic Con, fans were excited. But they also weren't holding their breath, as the idea of an Army Of Darkness sequel in some form or another has been kicked around ever since that sequel's theatrical debut in 1993. But the skepticism changed to true adulation yesterday when Starz announced the TV show Ash Vs. Evil Dead has been officially green lit for 2015. And that Bruce Campbell is returning to reprise his iconic role as Deadite survivalist and horror icon Ashley J. Williams in ten episodes. Epic indeed!
What can we expect from this new horror show? Quite a bit, actually. And with the entire creative team from the first three movies returning in some capacity, this will surely be something special. Its a monumental moment for horror fans of all ages who have fallen in love with this franchise, and it seems like we'd all be content with watching Ash swing his chainsaw hand around for ten straight hours. But there's much more than that lurking underneath the surface, with plenty of surprises ahead. While we only know the brief synopsis at this point, here's what else we can expect from Ash Vs. Evil Dead as Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell reunite to mount what could be the greatest TV show the horror genre has ever seen.
1 A True Sequel, Not a Reboot
We've reached an interesting crossroads in terms of classic horror. Most of our favorite slasher franchises have been remade or rebooted at this point, with completely new iterations already on the way. And the 1981 classic The Evil Dead is no excepetion. Except that Fede Alvarez's 2013 retelling of Evil Dead was a little more willingly accepted by the fans than some of the so-called 're-imagininings' we've seen in recent years. It was a hit with audiences and critics alike, and a sequel was planned, but then canceled. The movie revealed an interesting idea during its closing credits. It actually exists on the same plane of reality as Ash and the Army Of Darkness. And now, we get to revisit that character here, in what will essentially be a 10 hour Army Of Darkness sequel. While the TV show may utilize some of the aesthetic changes seen in the overall look of Fede Alvarez's spinoff, we are being treated to a true follow-up that will directly connect to the previous three films, and possibly the fourth film as well. This isn't reinventing the wheel. Bruce Campbell is back, baby! And his story will continue as it was always meant to. We aren't getting a new take on the character, but a continuation of everything that has come before it.
That's what we know so far in terms of Ash Vs. Evil Dead. We're excited about the return of Bruce Campbell as Ash. What about you?