Fans have been begging to see more from Sam Raimi's Evil Dead franchise for years. The film series that has influenced dozens of horror and action-horror films throughout the decades has not only spawned a 2013 remake that was met with somewhat well-received, but also an upcoming Starz series titled Ash vs. Evil Dead that will continue where Army of Darkness left off.
Fans were understandably ecstatic when the news was announced that not only would there be an Evil Dead TV show, but also that Campbell would be reprising his role as Ash Williams. While some details regarding the series have leaked over the past few months, marketing for the show only ramped up recently with the release of a poster and a teaser trailer.
Now, Starz has announced that the 10-episode first season has gone into production in New Zealand. The series is executive produced by Campbell, Raimi, Rob Tapert (the franchise's original filmmakers), as well as Craig DiGregorio, who will serve as both an executive producer and the showrunner. Raimi will also direct the first episode.
Here is the series' official synopsis as well as cast breakdown:
"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.
"The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, Burn Notice) in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless (Salem, Spartacus) as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (Touch, Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones (Sleepy Hollow) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner."
Starz also released the image above showing Campbell, Raimi, and Tapert reunited in front of "The Classic" - the 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 that Ash drove in the first three Evil Dead movies (it was also Uncle Ben's car in Raimi's Spider-Man). With the original team back and involved in the new series as well as the impressive cast assembled, it looks like fans might not only get to see a continuation of Ash's story, but a potentially strong one at that.
While there's still a lot fans can be worried about, Ash vs. Evil Dead is shaping up to be one of the most interesting revivals coming to television this year. Starz seems to have been the right place for the series to land, and hopefully the show will not only manage to recapture the magic of the original films, but also deliver one stellar new addition to the Fall TV lineup. Only time will tell.
Ash vs Evil Dead will premiere on Starz this Fall.