It’s been a very long wait, but it’s finally happening: Bruce Campbell will be returning as everyone’s favorite chainsaw-handed, demon-slaying hero in ASH VS. EVIL DEAD. Starz, known for their innovative work in television with shows such as SPARTACUS and OUTLANDER, will be releasing the ARMY OF DARKNESS follow-up series as 10 half-hour-long episodes.
The official synopsis:
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 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.
Alongside Campbell will also be returning filmmakers director Sam Raimi and producer Rob Tapert. Raimi spoke on the project:
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.
Campbell also chimed in, sounding happy to finally give fans the next chapter:
I’m really excited to bring this series to THE EVIL DEAD fans worldwide — it’s going to be everything they have been clamoring for: serious deadite ass-kicking and plenty of outrageous humor.
Lastly, Carmi Zlotnik, the Managing Director of Starz, talked about reteaming with both Raimi and Tapert after working with them on SPARTACUS:
Starz first worked with Sam and Rob on SPARTACUS, and we are thrilled to be back in business with them. With Sam writing and directing and Bruce Campbell returning to the screen, we are certain the show will give EVIL DEAD fans around the world the fix they’ve been craving.
The first episode of ASH VS. EVIL DEAD will be directed by Raimi and written by himself, his brother Ivan and Tom Spezialy. Raimi, Tapert and Campbell will all serve as executive producers.
ASH VS. EVIL DEAD possesses Starz in 2015.