‘The Evil Dead’ is making a comeback! Sam Raimi is taking his horror franchise to television, and Bruce Campbell is set to star as the iconic Ash Williams!
It looks like horror is making a comeback on mainstream television! Following the massive success of Guillermo del Toro‘s The Strain on FX, Sam Raimi announced at Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego that he is taking The Evil Dead to TV — and Bruce Campbell is along for the ride!
Bruce Campbell To Star In ‘Evil Dead’ TV Adaptation Written By Sam Raimi
During his The Last Of Us panel at Comic-Con in the enormous Hall H, Sam Raimi revealed that an Evil Dead adaptation is in the works, and diehards need not worry: he’ll be writing it along with brother Ivan Raimi, and Bruce Campbell will reprise his role as Ash Williams.
If there was any time for another horror film director to be taking their craft to television, it would be now. Not only is The Strain performing well on FX, but so too is the Eli Roth-produced Hemlock Grove on Netflix, which just released its second season on July 11.
Furthermore, the Evil Dead reboot, initially released in March 2013 at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, eventually went on gross nearly $100 million worldwide. Evil Dead was Bruce’s first time not starring in the franchise, though he did make a post-credits cameo. For that reason, fans are absolutely pumped to see him return in a starring role.
Bruce more or less confirmed the news on Twitter:
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) July 27, 2014
The ‘Evil Dead’ TV Remake Will Pick Up Where The Trilogy Left Off In 1992
The as-yet-unnamed TV series adaptation will pick up after the original trilogy, following Army Of Darkness which was released in 1992. It may have been a while since Bruce and Sam worked together properly, but it’s obvious that they still have a strong relationship; Bruce also made a cameo in Sam’s 2013 film Oz The Great And Powerful.
Unfortunately, the adaptation is just in the idea stage — no word yet on a pilot, date, network, or a cast other than Bruce.
So, HollywoodLifers, are you looking forward to the Evil Dead TV remake? Or should Sam Raimi just leave well enough alone at this point? Are you excited that Bruce will take back his starring role in the franchise? Let us know!
– Amanda Michelle Steiner