Robert Englund on why New Line didn't want Ash to win in Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash

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Mar 20, 2017

Following the smashing box-office success that was Freddy vs. Jason back in 2003, plans were put in motion for a sequel that would have added Bruce Campbell's Ash Williams (from the Evil Dead movie and TV franchise) to the nightmarish mix.

As we all know, the planned Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash never saw the light of day in theaters (what we got instead was the six-issue comic book series published between 2007-2008 which saw Ash vanquish both Freddy and Jason), and Freddy Krueger star Robert Englund has opened up about the reasons why New Line wasn’t keen (like, at all) about the planned outcome of the film.

Speaking to the assembled crowd at Emerald City Comic Con earlier this month (you can watch the panel in the video below), Robert Englund once again touched upon his disappointment that Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash got stuck in development hell all those years (I'm still forever crying about the complete waste of opportunity to see an epic showdown between three of the biggest horror icons in the history of film on the big screen), and the fact that he was rooting for Ash to win the match -- as Evil Dead co-creator Sam Raimi wanted. Here's what Englund said:

"I am very disappointed. We left some money on the table, as they say in Hollywood, right after the great success of Freddy vs. Jason. Sam Raimi was the king of the world; he had all the money in the world because of Spider-Man. I'm a huge fan of Sam's and I'm a big fan of Bruce Campbell. They had this idea, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash. Now we're in what we call post-Deadpool, post-Guardians of the Galaxy perception; but back then we hadn't had that kind of a film yet, with the exception of Evil Dead and Freddy vs. Jason, that were really mashing graphic novel and comedy and horror and science fiction. So I loved this idea.

"Sam Raimi wanted Ash to win. He wanted him to win the match. Which I thought was a great idea. New Line Cinema was against it because I had just had my ass kicked by Jason; they were afraid, 'cause I was the most successful of the three franchises, they were afraid. 'We can't have Freddy killed twice in a row.' And I was like, 'Wait a minute, guys. You revived me, you resurrected me with dog urine! It's real easy to bring Freddy back. Come on. That's not that hard to do.

"But anyway. I loved the idea. I had this vision of the poster. Bruce Campbell with his shirt open and all of his abs spray painted and highlighted, with Freddy Krueger under [one] arm and Jason under [the other] arm. And the poster would say: 'Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: Keeping the world safe from sequels.'"

That would have been a sight to behold. What do you think about New Line's reasons for not wanting Ash to win? Who would you have liked to see win in Freddy vs. Jason. vs. Ash?

(via Bloody-Disgusting)