When we hear about the television reboots of much loved cinematic classics, it's often not long before we also hear that the stars and creators behind the original inspiration will have nothing to do with the new reboot. Thankfully, that's not true for the upcoming Evil Dead television series, Ash vs. Evil Dead.
The upcoming Starz series is reuniting much of the original masterminds behind the iconic The Evil Dead Trilogy, including the series' main star, Bruce Campbell. However, in a new interview, Campbell revealed he's bringing an old acquaintance with him - the original The Evil Dead director Sam Raimi.
Campbell announced that the helmsman of The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness will be handling directing duties for the series' pilot episode. Following this he will stay on as an executive producer along with Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell and Craig DiGregorio. The first plot details for the original Starz series have also been released, and they look like this:
We are introduced to a nomadic Ash, a figure who’s not only haunted by traumatic memories but also terrorized by the unwelcome continuance of Deadite attacks, which have followed him to the myriad Midwestern trailer parks he’s been forced to call home. In an effort to eke out an existence and in keeping with his previous choice of career, the character spends his days working at Ted’s Superclub as a stock room trainee and, in true Ash fashion, his evenings chasing skirt in roadside bars.
The show currently has 10 episodes ordered by Starz, although Campbell claims the entire story arc has already been planned out. He stated:
It’s an epic tale. How could you not [plan for that]? I’m a strong proponent of the ‘big picture’ plan, and we are planning for five seasons.
Campbell also went into some detail about what his televisual version of Ash will look like:
I’m bringing everything to the table. It’s a feisty version of Ash, who’s grizzled and just wants to be left alone.
He also didn't mince his words regarding who he saw as the main competition for Ash vs. Evil Dead:
We are competitive with The Walking Dead, like, ‘We’ll show those fuckers!’ [Our] Deadites are very clever. They not stupid shufflers. They can mimic people; they can drive cars. They’re a fun threat. They [‘The Walking Dead’] are right up there [though] with being responsible for the current resurgence [of horror].
Principle photography is expected to begin in April in New Zealand, with the show slated to arrive on our screens around Halloween 2015.