Bruce Campbell has revealed the first details of that Evil Dead TV series heading to Starz next year.
Campbell -- who’s stepping back into the shoes of former S-Mart employee Ash in the upcoming series -- has offered up the new intriguing details in a lengthy interview with Entertainment Weekly.
The upcoming comedy horror series, titled Ash vs. Evil Dead, will consist of 10 half-hour episodes set to hit our TV screens in late 2015. You may want to thank The Walking Dead for that -- even though, as Campbell says, Evil Dead technically came first.
Back in the driver's seat for the Starz series is the (un)holy triumvirate of Campbell, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert (who’s already worked with Starz on Spartacus). Campbell will portray an older (but will he be truly be wiser?) Ash, calling him “this crabby middle-aged man who doesn’t want to get dragged back into this—a lot of problems. He’s not the Ash he used to be.”
Ash vs. Evil Dead’s premise is simple enough. Ash is now living in a trailer park, and is still in a dead-end job in another megastore. Of course, the series will see those pesky Deadites return, sending Ash on a road trip, along with two young co-workers. His trusted boomstick will tag along as well.
There’s a lot of awesome stuff in the interview, and it’s definitely a great read, but we picked out some of the tidbits that seemed the most interesting to us.
About where we're at with Ash, who has survivor's guilt following the events of Army of Darkness (and how the new series came about), Campbell says:
We realized if we made another movie, frankly, it would probably be too expensive. But in the format of a TV show, we could give people exactly what they wanted and expand the character and the story even more. Ash would probably have more dialogue in one season than in three movies. He’ll have to become a more fleshed-out character as well. And we never burned Evil Dead as a franchise out—it’s not like we did 13 of these movies. So we felt like, what the heck, let’s give it a try.
He continues being a trash-talking know-it-all who doesn’t really know anything. He’s the ultimate anti-hero. He’s a guy with no appreciable skills. He’s not a former Navy SEAL, he’s not a former CIA or FBI. He’s no special anything. He’s just a guy from S-Mart, you know? And think that’s part of what people relate too. All these super hero movies—I rather relate to a garage mechanic who gets into a sticky situation. That’s what I look forward to playing—a guy with horrible flaws. In Army of Darkness he can’t memorize three words and he’s responsible for the deaths of a 100 people—this is your lead character!
The former Burn Notice star also expanded on the fact that Ash is no longer on a lonesome solo mission against the Deadites:
It’s a threesome, which is a good number. Since it’s not cast yet, it would be silly to fully describe them. But they’re supposed to be two very good counterparts. One is a male-bonding situation; the other is father-figure deal, since Ash could have a daughter the same age as this character. Hopefully we’ll pull Ash out of his loner-veteran mode and get him back into being a human being again.
When asked if said Deadites would be bound by a set of rules and boundaries, Campbell offered some interesting insight:
Yes. There always were rules and always will be rules. We do work within a boundary of what causes this to happen. We’re going along the lines of every so often, the Evil rises to test the average man to see if man is ready to rule the earth, or if the living dead have to come back. Turns out Ash is our guy, so God help us all.
What’s also giving us really high hopes that this series is heading in the right direction is that Campbell, Raimi and Tapert obviously know what the heck they’re doing with the franchise after more than 30 years with it, that Starz is definitely letting them do their own awesome thing and has been supportive along the way, and that everyone seems to be happy with it, with Campbell concluding:
After all these years of all the baloney, of sequel/remake/re-imagining…it’s finally back. It’s not going to be the same Ash, but it will be the same Ash. That’s the bottom line. I don’t know what possessed us to ultimately do it other than we think we can bring something to the table. Because the last Army of Darkness—I’ve been married as long as it’s been since we did the last movie. We feel we now have 23 more years of experience to hopefully provide an entertaining half hour of outrageousness.
Are you guys looking forward to Starz’s upcoming Evil Dead series Ash vs. Evil Dead in late 2015?