The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness star Bruce Campbell recently chatted about his return to the role of Ash for a new TV series coming to Starz titled Ash vs. Evil Dead. The 10 30-minute episode first season was given the official go back in November.
The show is expected for late 2015, with producers Sam Raimi (who will also direct the pilot) and Rob Tapert also involved, and picks up right where you might expect: with Ash living in a trailer park, still working some dead-end job. That’s when those rascally Deadites return, leading Ash on a road trip with two co-workers.
See what Campbell had to say about the series below.
Ash didn’t get to spend much time back at S-Mart before the deadites returned and pulled him once again back to 1300s, where they have been growing in power since he left. Lead by the Wiseman, who read from the Book of the Dead and had his soul consumed, the deadites have plans to conquer the entire land.
Now reunited with his medieval love, Sheila, as well as his boomstick and chainsaw, Ash is getting back into the swing of things and learning just what has happened since he left the land. Sheila and Ash, along with a company of men who worship the strange one, must retrieve the Book of the Dead if they are to stop this evil, but no sooner do they begin their journey then they come across a familiar face – Henry the Red!
If you are saddened and confused about the consistent back and forth rumors that a second Army of Darkness movie will or won’t be made, than this ongoing series is just the cure for your woes. Picking up right where the theatrical cut of the movie ended, Ash and the Army of Darkness continues the tale of Ash and endless fight against the deadites.
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.
The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel today mashes-up Evil Dead with The Walking Dead in “The Walking Deadites” by nikholmes.
The shirt went on sale at RIPT today, Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at midnight CST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.
The t-shirt is available in men’s (through 3XL), women’s, and youth sizes for $10 each. Kids sizes are $10 (Girls, Toddlers, and Onesies); Hoodies for $38 (in Men/Unisex sizes). Shirt colors are in blue (see images on product page). You can also get the design on coasters for $25; iphone (4/4s) cases for $18; and prints (18″x24″) for $20.