Bruce Campbell drops details on the ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ TV series
At some point in 2015, Starz is planning on debuting a new TV series continuing Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead property. Raimi and Rob Tappert will return to produce, Bruce Campbell will star, and fans will go berserk over it. That’s pretty much a given.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Campbell dropped a ton of details regarding what to expect from Ash vs. Evil Dead. To begin with, the show will take place 23-years after the events of Army of Darkness, and it will pick up with Ash (Campbell) still working in S-Mart and living in a trailer park. When the Deadites strike, Ash grabs his boomstick and hits the road with two of his co-workers.
“It’s a threesome, which is a good number,” Campbell says. “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.”
The interview also confirms that the show will be more in line with the humor of the films, rather than the gore-filled horror tone of the 2013 Evil Dead remake. There will still be a horror element though., and the gore will be presented through a combination of practical effects and CGI.
“Something we’re doing is taking the horror parts very seriously. And it’s going to cause Ash—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 has survivor’s guilt,” Campbell stated. “You could have a heyday with his PTSD. He’s a war vet. He doesn’t want to talk about it, and he’ll lie about that stump on his hand to impress the ladies. This is a guy who’s got some issues. He’s emotionally stunted. But he’s the guy you want in the foxhole next to you… He continues being a trash-talking know-it-all who doesn’t really know anything.”
Campbell also touted the Starz platform, claiming that the show will take full advantage of the lack of commercials, which in turn means a lack of content restrictions.
Ash vs. Evil Dead will appear in late 2015 as 10, 30-minute episodes.