Hail to the King, Baby! ‘Evil Dead’ Series with Bruce Campbell Lands at Starz

By November 10, 2014

Over the summer at Comic-Con in San Diego, we learned that Bruce Campbell was going to lead an Evil Dead television series with film franchise producer Sam Raimi executive producing. Aside from the announcement, there were no other details revealed, but that all changed today.

A press release has announced the series has landed at Starz with Raimi still acting as executive producer along with Rob Talpert and the cult classic star Bruce Campbell will definitely be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy who became an undead-fighting hero. So just how will the series continue Ash’s story?

Here’s the official logline of the forthcoming series:

Bruce Campbell will be reprising 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 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.

Army of Darkness - Bruce Campbell

Campbell said, “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.” So it sounds like this is going to be more along the lines of Army of Darkness as opposed to the first Evil Dead when it comes to content and tone, which could be fun, but also problematic for anyone who isn’t a fan of the film franchise.

But of course, Bruce Campbell has such a big fan following that fans of the cult classic may be all the show needs to do well. Raimi adds, “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.’” Maybe we’ll be looking at a comedic version of “The Walking Dead,” which doesn’t sound like a half-bad idea at all.

Raimi will direct the pilot of the series, which will be called “Ash Vs. Evil Dead,” and Campbell will star in all 10 half-hour episodes that will air sometime in 2015.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.