Could another Evil Dead movie happen? It's important not to get too ahead of ourselves, but according to Bruce Campbell, there's a way in which such a thing could. Currently, Ash vs Evil Dead is airing its third season on Starz, but there's no certainty that the series will continue beyond season 3. That being the case, Campbell reveals that Evil Dead 4, sometimes referred to as Army of Darkness 2, could be in the cards if Starz doesn't give the green light to Ash Vs. Evil Dead season 4.
Ash vs Evil Dead is very much in the same spirit as the third Evil Dead movie, Army of Darkness, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. And TV seems to be a very good home for Ash and the world of Evil Dead. That said, ratings are important and Starz may not feel that doing Ash vs Evil Dead season 4 is ultimately worth it. As Bruce Campbell revealed in a new interview, they're currently in "limbo" and, should the series be canceled, at that point they'll possibly think about doing a new Evil Dead movie. Here's what he had to say about it.
"We're in the horrible television limbo right now. We're going to see what the TV gods have in store for us. We're ready either way. If they take us off the air, we can think about another movie. And if they don't, we can just keep plugging away."
The Evil Dead franchise is a resilient one, and one that horror fans truly love. What started in 1981 as a very low-budget, very deliberate horror movie directed by Sam Raimi has had an interesting evolution over the years. The sequel, or remake depending on who you ask, Evil Dead 2, was a blend of horror and comedy and was released in 1987. Then there's 1993's Army of Darkness, which really embraced the comedy of that universe and that's really the cloth that Ash vs Evil Dead is cut from. There's also the 2013 Evil Dead remake directed by Fede Alvarez which was an entirely new take on the material and didn't star Bruce Campbell, but was generally well received.
A sequel to that 2013 version seems entirely unlikely. So, assuming Ash vs Evil Dead does get canceled, this movie that Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell would possibly discuss would almost certainly be a continuation of the original Evil Dead franchise. Would it simply pick up where Ash vs Evil Dead season 3 leaves off? Would it be more of a direct sequel to Army of Darkness in some way? Or would it be a return to the horror roots and be more like Evil Dead 4, as opposed to Army of Darkness 2, so to speak?
It's tough to say at this point, as it sounds like Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi and the Evil Dead gang hope that the show will continue. And honestly, that's likely the best case scenario for fans of the franchise, as anything that could be accomplished in a new Evil Dead movie could be done on Ash vs Evil Dead season 4. That said, if Starz does cancel the show, don't be surprised if Campbell and Raimi start hatching a plan for a new Evil Dead movie. This news comes to us courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.