Ever since the release of 2013's Evil Dead remake, fans have been wondering about the likelihood of a sequel. A few months ago, we got word that Ash vs. Evil Dead will be a TV series on Starz that begins where Army of Darkness left off. Many of us assumed that would spell the end for the updated film franchise, but recent word from original director Sam Raimi may alter that thinking.
Here's what Raimi had to say in an interview with Arrow in the Head:
I love the Evil Dead remake, I think Fede Alvarez did a brilliant job, with Rob producing and Bruce also helping. I love that movie, and I hope there will be a sequel. After we made this movie, as much as the fans loved it, they also seemed to want to see Bruce again. So we thought, this is the time, if we're ever going to do it, now is a good time and television seems like an interesting format to take it forward in. We chose to make Bruce story right now, but we hope we can get Fede back to continue the new Evil Dead series once we re-establish Bruce's story.
Typically, a statement of hope wouldn't mean too much, but if it's coming from Sam Raimi himself, I'm more inclined to think that it's worth something.
Now the major question: could the Starz TV show set up an entry point for Ash to end up in the sequel? Could this be the first little ruminations on an expanded universe? All I can say is I certainly hope so.