Horror geeks and avid fans of Sam Raimi’s gory “Evil Dead” franchise had much to be excited about when the horror master announced at this year’s Comic-Con that a TV show based on his work is on the way. Back in July, he revealed that he was writing the TV series with his brother and Bruce Campbell, the actor made famous by the “Evil Dead” franchise for playing the hero Ash in Raimi’s first three cult classic instalments. The small screen adaptation is finally moving forward as “Ash vs. Evil Dead“!
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Starz has greenlighted an original series that will serve as the follow-up to the horror movie franchise. Campbell is expected to reprise his role as the iconic title character Ash, with Raimi as director and long time producer/collaborator Rob Tapert tapped to join the production. Raimi will direct the pilot and co-write the script with his brother Ivan and Tom Spezialy. Raimi, Tapert and Campbell will all executive produce.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ash will be “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.”
This is going to be a must see production and our calendars will be marked as soon as the release dates are finalised! “Ash vs. Evil Dead” will be a 10-episode half-hour series which premieres in 2015.
Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of Starz said:
“Starz first worked with Sam and Rob on ‘Spartacus’, and we are thrilled to be back in business with them,” “With Sam writing and directing and Bruce Campbell returning to the screen, we are certain the show will give ‘Evil Dead’ fans around the world the fix they’ve been craving.”
” ‘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.”