It began as a lo-budget horror by a group of friends, became the trailblazer for 80’s gorefest shockers and went on to spawn two sequels, a reboot and even a musical. Now, three decades on since Ash and his friends first unwittingly unleashed demons into their cabin in the woods, cult classic horror comedy The Evil Dead (1981) is to rise again, this time to take over your TV screen.
Original director Sam Raimi, star Bruce Campbell and producer Rob Tapert are to reunite for a 10-episode, half hour series, courtesy of the Starz premium network. Raimi will co-write the scripts with his brother, Ivan.
Ash (Campbell), described as an ‘aging lothario’, has spent the last 30 years avoiding both maturity and monsters, but when a zombie like plague takes hold and threatens all of mankind, it’s time for Ash to rev-up his chainsaw hand and face those demons, both the horribly real ones and those lurking inside his head.
In a statement, Raimi – who went on to direct the Toby Maguire Spider-Man trilogy and Oz, The Great & Powerful – said: “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.”
Ash Vs Evil Dead is set for a 2015 premiere.