Though some may know him as Sam Axe from Burn Notice and others remember him as Sebastian Haff in Bubba Ho-Tep, Bruce Campbell is Ash from the original Evil Dead movies to many people. It is therefore somewhat exciting to hear from Mr. Campbell himself that he will be participating in a new Army of Darkness sequel in the near future.
Word of the film, tentatively called Army of Darkness 2, first came out in March of this year when Sam Raimi first mentioned at a “Meet the Filmmakers” event in London that he’d love to write a script for Evil Dead 4 with his brother Ivan during the summer. With the release of the new Evil Dead film directed by Fede Alvarez, this had some fans scratching their heads as to what precisely he meant. Did he mean a sequel to the new movie, creating a fourth movie with the title Evil Dead? Or did he mean a sequel to Army of Darkness? The situation became clear when Raimi-collaborator Robert Tapert said that it is the latter at South by Southwest a few weeks later.
A new Army of Darkness film left one other question unanswered: would Bruce Campbell return as Ash? He appeared to answer that question at Wizard World Nashville Comic Con this week.
He was initially evasive on the subject, remarking that:
“The last one was twenty-two years ago. I just haven’t been racing to do it. Sam Raimi is just a little bit busy making the biggest movies in Hollywood. I used to be busy. Now I’m not. That’s why I’m here.
Ash would have to stop occasionally from chasing some deadite to catch his breath. Maybe we could do that, I guess. That would be exciting. Fight in a walker. That would be alright. Hit them with my cane. Fake them out, have a fake heart attack, distract a zombie. I like it.”
Eventually though, he just came clean: “Alright sir, the answer is yes.”