When Sam Raimi revealed plans for a new Evil Dead film, some fans wondered if the franchise's hero Ash Williams would be in the film. Bruce Campbell, who has portrayed Ash in the Evil Dead series since the beginning, spoke at the Rock and Shock Convention in Massachusetts. It was at this point Campbell all but confirmed Ash wouldn't be making an appearance.
"It’s okay to pass it along to another idiot to try and stop evil from destroying the world. One idiot tried -- he did pretty good," Campbell said. "It’s time to let other innocent people with no skills try to save the world. And there’s more stories to tell.”
Campbell also revealed that they have a "cool premise" and a new director had been chosen by Sam Raimi himself to tackle the next Evil Dead film. "So [Raimi's] very involved in it. Will be involved in the story," added Campbell. "And we’ll try and make sure the actors don’t completely suck. And then we’re gonna make another one, yeah. There’s lots of stories… creepy books… lots of people to torment." He also explained that there "won't be any ceremony" in regard to the passing of the protagonist's torch.
It was announced near the premiere of the Raimi-produced film Crawl that he and Campbell planned to bring back the Evil Dead in the form of a new movie. The latest iteration of the franchise came in the form of the Starz series Ash Vs. Evil Dead.
Previous reports have indicated that while Campbell would be producing the new film, he would not be involved in an on-screen capacity. Furthermore, when Ash Vs. Evil Dead came to a close, the actor explained he did not plan to reprise his role as Ash Williams again. And at this time, it appears he stands by this decision.
It has not been revealed what direction the new film will take, though some speculate it may continue the story of Fede Alvarez's 2013 Evil Dead remake, which starred Jane Levy.