Collider recently had the opportunity to speak with Ash Vs Evil Dead creators/producers/directors, writers/stars Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert about the much anticipated Starz TV series. Here are some of the best bits:
– The series takes place in an alternate universe that exists after Evil Dead 2. In Raimi’s words, “It doesn’t really exist in the exact same universe. It’s a slightly altered universe. It takes place somewhere in an alternate universe after Evil Dead 2.”
– So does that mean Army of Darkness is stricken from the timeline? Not exactly. Raimi explained (kind of), “Army of Darkness, does it exist? Well, certainly Ash went through that experience. We’re not referencing specifics from that, but he certainly has that in his memory.”
– The action takes place in the modern day. Raimi said, “It takes place in the here and now with Ash thirty years later; what he’s become and what he’s going to have to face.”
– Tonally, the series is a mix of the visceral horror of Evil Dead and the slapstick comedy of Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. Raimi described, “We have elements of the Evil Dead films, which have always had very hard-edged, intense horror really designed to frighten the audience, and no holds barred there…But also, there is a comedic element that is alive in this…. I think what we tried to do is go back to the horror of the first and second Evil Dead, but with the character that Bruce created over the second and third Evil Dead. We’re really a combination; something we haven’t quite seen before.”
– The chainsaw arm will definitely make an appearance, no word on the boomstick though. Tapert confirmed, “He’s been living in fear of a resurgence of the Evil Dead, of the Deadites, so that old rusted hulk of his, that’s the one thing he’s kept oiled up and in tip-top shape just in case. So I think we will see that sweet baby come back, come roaring to life, slicing and dicing on the Deadites.”
– They’re all willing to come back for a second season. Campbell stated emphatically, “I’m not going anywhere. This is the show I’m going to devote basically every ounce of my aging energy into. This is something that you don’t take lightly. This was a long road to get here, starting back in ’79.” Tapert seconded, “It would be a joyless process that the mantle would be passed to anyone else. I just don’t see that as a possible outcome in this. Raimi confirmed, “I feel the same way. I think we’re really doing this to work together again as a team.”
You can check out the full article/interview at Collider.
Ash Vs Evil Dead is expected to premiere on Starz some time this fall.