So now that we know Starz is bringing us an Ash Vs Evil Dead series starring the one and only Bruce Campbell as Ash, it’s time to start trying to work out what exactly the series will be. Show smart; shop S-Mart.
Well, it looks like when the series picks up Ash will be working in the good old S-Mart again; he’ll be living in a trailer park when the deadites rise again and Ash goes on the run with two of his co-workers. The adventure will take place over a ten-part, 30 minutes per episode series: “It’s a threesome, which is a good number. Since it’s not cast yet, it would be silly to fully describe them. But they’re supposed to be two very good counterparts. One is a male-bonding situation; the other is father-figure deal, since Ash could have a daughter the same age as this character. Hopefully we’ll pull Ash out of his loner-veteran mode and get him back into being a human being again.”
Campbell assures the readers of EW that the series all be more in the vein (ahem) of Army of Darkness than the recent straight-faced, balls-out horror of the recent Evil Dead reboot/sequel but it’s a pretty serious story: “Something we’re doing is taking the horror parts very seriously. And it’s going to cause Ash—this crabby middle-aged man who doesn’t want to get dragged back into this—a lot of problems. He’s not the Ash he used to be… Ash has survivor’s guilt. You could have a heyday with his PTSD. He’s a war vet. He doesn’t want to talk about it, and he’ll lie about that stump on his hand to impress the ladies . This is a guy who’s got some issues. He’s emotionally stunted. But he’s the guy you want in the foxhole next to you… He continues being a trash-talking know-it-all who doesn’t really know anything.”
He talks about the show being at Starz and how Raimi (who directs the pilot episode) and the gang will still have creative control and there will be blood: “The beauty of Starz is there’s no content issues. Let’s face it: Fans want the carnage and the mayhem. So we intend to give them quite the explosion of viscera. Most of it directed at me, unfortunately. We want it to taste exactly like the ‘Evil Dead’ movies, and I think with the setup with Starz we can do exactly that. We also don’t have to cut to a stupid Dodge commercial (there will be no ad breaks).”
Oh and one final bit that the hardcore fans will love: “[CGI] still ain’t cheap, and it takes a long time to do,” he says. “I have a hunch we’ll do what we’ve always done—a kind of combo platter, which is better for the audience anyway.”
Ash returns in Ash vs Evil Dead late next year and we’re pretty excited – cautious – but excited.
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” is expected to unleash hell on Starz in late 2015.