The “Evil Dead” TV series is a go at Starz in 2015 with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert onboard as executive producers and Bruce Campbell starring, taking on his original role as Ash Williams.
Officially titled “Ash Vs. Evil Dead,” the 10-episode series will look in on Ash Williams, “stockboy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead.” However, when a new Deadite plague is set to destroy humanity, Ash needs to get back into gear to take down the undead menace and vanquish his personal demons.
“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,” Raimi said via press release. “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.”
“I’m really excited to bring this series to the ‘Evil Dead’ fans worldwide,” said Campbell. “It’s going to be everything they have been clamoring for: serious deadite ass-kicking and plenty of outrageous humor.”
Raimi revealed he was writing an “Evil Dead” television series during Comic-Con International 2014, though he offered no other details.
It won’t actually be Campbell’s first time back as Ash Williams in the “Evil Dead” franchise. Following the credits of Fede Alverez’s 2013 film reboot, Campbell appeared very briefly, uttering the character’s catchphrase, “Groovy.” It’s unknown whether the Starz television series will reference Alvarez’s reboot, or where exactly it will fall in the film’s continuity.
“Ash Vs. Evil Dead” will hit Starz in 2015.