Usually a remake doesn’t come along until after a franchise has completely wrapped up, though things didn’t quite work out that way in the world of The Evil Dead. A couple years after the remake was released, the original franchise is being continued with Ash vs. Evil Dead, set to premiere on Starz this coming October.
So where does that leave the rebooted Evil Dead franchise? Will we ever get a sequel to the remake, or does Bruce Campbell’s return spell the end of the brand new franchise? Sam Raimi offers up some thoughts on those questions, as reported by 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,” said Raimi. “After we made the 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.”
Now that Ash is back on the scene, is it possible that the character could appear in a sequel to the 2013 Evil Dead remake? Or would Ash’s return to the big screen be in the form of something more along the lines of The Evil Dead 4?
“It’s a possibility no matter what happens, because I think we always want to keep that ability in the back of our minds to tell a story on the big old screen,” Bruce Campbell noted, when asked about Ash returning to cinemas. “Nothing will preclude anything, regardless of what happens. We made the movies over a 12 year period and the last one was over 24 years ago, but I think in the back of our minds we always want that ability to do that.”
For now, let’s just be happy that Ash vs. Evil Dead is actually happening – that’s enough of a gift for us fans of the franchise!