Way back in 2003, the unexpected success of Freddy vs. Jason, which earned $114.9 million worldwide from a $30 million budget, lead to a number of different projects being bandied about, one of which was Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash. This would have brought Bruce Campbell's Ash Williams into the fold. There were initial discussions to bring both Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi to the table for this crossover sequel, but it never came to pass. Today we have word from Bruce Campbell himself about why the project didn't come together.
New Line executive Jeff Katz revealed in a 2004 interview that he had written a treatment for Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, but nothing moved forward on the project. There had also been rumors that Halloween slasher Michael Myers may be included in the follow-up as well. During a recent Reddit AMA session, Bruce Campbell was asked about why this project didn't happen. Here's what he had to say below.
"I'll be honest with you. I'm not real interested in cross overs. One of the main reasons why Ash vs. Jason vs. Freddy did not come to pass is because we couldn't control any other character other than Ash. That felt like a creatively bankrupt way to go. Not to mention, you're splitting the proceeds three ways with partners you might not want."
There was talk that Freddy vs. Jason 2 may happen back in 2007, but that's right when the writer's strike got started, and the project never moved forward after the strike was resolved. Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell ended up producing the long-awaited Evil Dead remake, which was directed by Fede Alvarez and released back in 2013. The idea of Ash Williams squaring off against other iconic characters has endured to this day, though.
Shortly after the release of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice this spring, Bruce Campbell revealed a poster for his Ash vs. Batman vs. Superman pitch. Last year, the actor returned as Ash Williams for the beloved Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead, which recently started its second season. We'll never know what Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash may have looked like on the big screen, but there was a comic book that told this unique story. Perhaps one day this comic book could be adapted to bring all these icons to the big screen.