In April of 2018 Starz decided to cancelAsh vs Evil Dead after three seasons, and just days after that the longtime star of the series and the original movie trilogy, Bruce Campbell, decided to hang up his chainsaw and boomstick and retire from the role of Ashley Williams. It was a difficult time for fans of the Evil Dead franchise, to say the least.
But as Campbell said in his farewell message, Ash will never die. And as he said just a couple of months before retiring, if the show was canceled they would begin thinking about a new movie in the franchise. Now franchise writer, director, and producer Sam Raimi has offered an update, saying that producer Rob Tapert, Campbell, and himself are currently “working on some ideas” for a new movie. See what he had to say below.
Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Blu-ray | DVD | Digital
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana Delorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Arielle Carver-O’Neill
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release date: August 21, 2018
Bruce Campbell has played Ash Williams in the Evil Dead universe longer than I’ve been alive, and I’m 36! Through an epic cinematic trilogy that took him from battling deadites in a cabin in the woods to fighting his evil twin in Medieval Times, Ash has faced it all and won in groovy style. On Halloween night in 2015, the Starz network opened the Necronomicon and resurrected Ash as part of a 10-episode series, Ash vs Evil Dead. For three glorious blood and booze soaked seasons, the creators of the original film delivered one of the best shows on TV, capturing the gore and wittiness of the films while creating new amazing stories and characters. Horror fans were dealt a painful blow earlier this year when Starz announced they would not be renewing Ash vs Evil Dead for a fourth season. While Bruce Campbell has officially retired from the role, laying down the noble chainsaw and boomstick for good, you can now take home Ash’s final ride with the Blu-Ray release of Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3.
The Evil Dead was a movie made on a super-low budget by a group of friends in the woods in the late 70s and early 80s. It became a cultural phenomenon spawning two sequels, a remake, an off-Broadway musical, and a 3-season television series on Starz. Now almost 40 years since production started on director Sam Raimi‘s classic film, The Evil Dead will get the luxury treatment in a new 4K Ultra HD combo pack, which arrives right in time for Halloween.
Ash vs Evil Dead Episode 3.10 “The Mettle of Men”
Directed by Rick Jacobson
Written by Rick Jacobson
Created by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Tom Spezialy
Starring Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Joel Tobeck, Katrina Hobbs, Lindsay Farris, Arielle Carver-O’Neill Starz
Air date: Sunday, April 29, 2018 9:00pm ET
“Oh great. I’ve doomed humanity.”
Warning: spoilers below…
This is it. The bittersweet conclusion to my all time favorite show to grace the small screen, Ash vs Evil Dead. Word came out a few weeks back of the decision by STARZ to cancel the show after its third season due to lackluster ratings. It certainly was not due to the quality of the show as season 3 has peaked the series in terms of gore, effects, emotion, and character development. Even Bruce Campbell who has portrayed hero Ash Williams for nearly 40 years, announced on social media his retirement from the character once word came out. I’ve lived and died with this show, the actors, and its fans since day one. I had the honor and privilege of interviewing the cast members several times over the past 3+ years, and it was my favorite part of NYCC each year. Bruce and the rest of cast assured everyone, that the finale was epic. So with that in mind, and a wide range of emotions in my heart, I cover the finale of Ash vs Evil Dead.
Though not at all surprising, the news that Starz has decided to cancelAsh vs Evil Dead after three seasons was no less devastating to fans.
And the news doesn’t get any better. For anyone who was hoping that now that the show has been canceled it might find another home or perhaps even lead to that fourth Evil Dead movie—which was whispered about here and there over the years after Army of Darkness, before the 2013 reboot and eventually the TV series arrived—that’s not going to happen, sadly. Bruce Campbell, who played Ash Williams in the original film trilogy and on Ash vs Evil Dead, has announced that he is retiring from playing that role after nearly four decades. Campbell made the announcement in a farewell message to fans, which you can read below.