We learned earlier this year that an Evil Dead TV series was in the works, though at the time we had no idea if it was going to be based on the original films or take place in the remake universe. Honestly, I didn’t even put much thought into it, because it sounded like one of those projects that was never actually going to happen.
Today, I’m happy to report that I was wrong about that. Dead wrong. Because the series has been put on the fast track, and fans of the original franchise are going to lose their shit – in the best of ways – over the storyline!
IGN reports today that Starz has picked up the series, titled Ash vs. Evil Dead. The 10-episode series will see Campbell reprise his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the so-called Evil Dead.
When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons – personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.
“Evil Dead has always been a blast. Bruce, Rob, and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to tell the next chapter in Ash’s lame, but heroic saga. With his chainsaw arm and his ‘boomstick,’ Ash is back to kick some monster butt. And brother, this time there’s a truckload of it,” said Sam Raimi.
Ash vs. Evil Dead was written by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, and Tom Spezialy. Raimi himself will direct the first two episodes.
The series will air on STARZ in 2015.