There was a time when Freddy vs. Jason nearly got an Evil-Dead-shaped sequel. But how close did they get?
Even when Freddy vs. Jason was still in theaters back in 2003, fans were talking about who should star in the sequel. A whole slew of popular horror names came up, like Michael Myers and Pinhead, but it was one man in particular who was the most popular candidate -- Ash.
There was some talk of Bruce Campbell and his boomstick actually appearing in a second movie, but it never actually happened. Not in movie form, anyway. No, the closest we got to that nightmare coming true was a short comic series.
But the sequel very nearly did happen, according to original Freddy Robert Englund. How close?
To be really honest with you guys, Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash—just say that five times fast—came this close [making an inch mark with his fingers] to being made as a movie,” said Englund. “Right around the time Sam Raimi was the richest man in Hollywood after Spider-Man, he had a big meeting with Bob Shaye of New Line Cinema, the people at Time Warner, and they were thinking seriously about making it.
So what went wrong? Apparently there was an issue over how Sam Raimi wanted the story to play out.
But I think that Sam wanted Ash to win. Well, I liked that idea actually. I had this idea for a poster with Bruce Campbell with his abs all airbrushed like for 300 with his shirt open, standing there with my head under this arm and Jason’s head under this arm, and it would say, ‘Keep the world safe from sequels.'
It seems obvious that Ash would have to win, but perhaps the studios just didn't think Ash was well enough known for audiences to be satisfied with his victory. Or maybe it was Campbell himself, who always felt that Ash coming out on top at the end of Army of Darkness felt wrong.
Whatever the final reason, it just never happened. Shame.