The biggest news out of any San Diego Comic-Con typically comes from the panels focused on the major studios’ upcoming tent-pole releases, and this year’s Con was no different, with impressive footage and reveals for some hotly-anticipated properties like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as an eye-popping first look at Mad Max: Fury Road.
Some interesting news also surfaced away from the main attractions, such as the surprise announcement that Universal and Legendary will be making a King Kong prequel called Skull Island, and in the realm of the hilariously bizarre, Sam Raimi announced an Evil Dead TV series to be developed by the director, his brother Ivan and original star Bruce Campbell.
Well, late last night Campbell himself tweeted the following response to a fan claiming he’ll only watch the show if the star returns:
So if the show actually happens, and if Bruce Campbell ends up starring, it’s really only logical to presume that the actor will indeed reprise his role as Ash, the everyday Joe who crosses paths with the Necronomicon, fights hordes of evil, reanimated corpses and demons, and winds up battling an army of skeletons in the 1300s in Army of Darkness.
We’ve already covered the basic questions of just how an Evil Dead show would work, with the main question of when in the original trilogy it would take place apparently answered. With Raimi attending the SDCC’s Screen Gems panel to mainly talk about his video game adaptation The Last of Us, there were no hard details available.
And just because Campbell has promised to star, doesn’t mean he’ll be playing Ash – that’s fan speculation and/or hopefulness. One unknown is just where the 2013 Evil Dead remake fits into the television series, if it does at all. The remake was supposedly going to crossover with the original films somehow, but details on that idea were never released.
Given the geek-love many fans still have for both Raimi and Campbell (with the recent mixed reaction to Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 perhaps burnishing fans’ affection for Sam Raimi’s Spider-flicks), it’s hard to argue against a TV series version of the splattery, B-movie fun of the Evil Dead universe. And if Bruce Campbell is really set to star, a die-hard audience would certainly tune in to the premiere.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Do you want to see Bruce Campbell reprise his role as Ash on the small screen?
The Evil Dead TV series is still in extremely early development.
Source: Bruce Campbell