Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2015 by Fred Topel
Sam Raimi finally gave us more Evil Dead, and not just another movie but a whole TV series. He even directed the pilot of Ash Vs. Evil Dead, starring Bruce Campbell, but of course Sam Raimi is a movie director. He can’t run a show full time, so he found an experienced show runner.
Craig DiGregorio has worked on Chuck, Reaper, Workaholics and more. He was on a panel with Raimi and Campbell for the Television Critics Association this summer, where Campbell characteristically took over and Raimi modestly downplayed his greatest contributions. We got to speak with DiGregorio at length about Ash Vs. Evil Dead, which picks up Ash today living in a trailer and working at Value Stop when he reads from the Necronomicon he’s kept all these years. Lucy Lawless also stars as Ruby, the daughter of Professor Nowby, whose incantation Ash played in the cabin. Hit the jump for the Ash Vs Evil Dead Interview with showrunner Craig DiGregorio.
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It’s only been 23 years since Army of Darkness debuted in 1992, but when we are reunited with Bruce Campbell on Ash vs Evil Dead on Starz this Halloween, within the confines of the narrative, 30 years will have passed since our chainsaw-handed hero took any responsibility as the monster hunter meat to stop the Evil Dead.
And if you want a sneak peek at the return of Ash, the first four minutes of the series have been made available online as a way to convince anyone who doesn’t pay for Starz to call their cable subscriber and change that. Will this new Ash vs Evil Dead clip be enough to convince people to pay for another set of channels? Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
With Ash vs. Evil Dead set to arrive Starz this Halloween, the chances of a proper Evil Dead 4 just dwindled to near zero. After all, surely a new TV series can cover whatever ground a proper film sequel would have have gone over. If it’s a hit, Ash vs. Evil Dead could essentially become Evil Dead 5 and Evil Dead 6 and so on, taking this beloved horror series in whatever direction it desires for as long as it desires.
But there’s still that aura of “What-if?” and mystery surrounding a third Evil Dead sequel, and franchise director and mastermind Sam Raimi has only compounded it. Now that he’s started talking about what could have been, we really want to see it happen.
For details on the dead (for now) Evil Dead 4 plot, hit the jump and read on.
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We’ve seen a couple trailers for Ash vs Evil Dead, now it’s time for the behind the scenes featurette. This one should do the trick; it’s a couple minutes of bland but enthusiastic quotes from Bruce Campbell, producer Robert Tapert, new co-star Lucy Lawless, and composer Joseph LoDuca, among others. It’s got some good shots of the show’s creation, and one or two good bits, including Lucy Lawless’s comment that the show is a “jolly splatter-fest!” Check out the Ash vs Evil Dead making-of video below. Read More »
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The premiere of Ash vs Evil Dead is drawing closer, with the first episode set to arrive on Halloween night. The ten-episode first season has a premiere directed by Evil Dead creator Sam Raimi, with Bruce Campbell returning to play the knuckle-headed but determined hero Ash. A new Ash vs Evil Dead trailer has a lot of the same footage that we saw in the first spot (which debuted during Comic Con) but also features a few new bits. One of them proves that Ash is an equal-opportunity offender, but a well-meaning one. Read More »
My most anticipated panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour was the Starz panel for Ash Vs. Evil Dead. Bruce Campbell dominated the panel, both via questions asked of him, and those asked of his costars and collaborators. Wearing a white dinner jacket and what could’ve quite possibly been alligator shoes (from this distance from the stage), Campbell made sure to let the room know he was there as he talked about the bloody show and his long relationship with fans. Read More »
Back in the year 2000, director Steven Spielberg had been slated to direct Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but he passed on the project, opting to take his career in a different direction by taking on both A.I. Artificial Intelligence (check out a recent visual study of the film) and Minority Report (which is being turned into a TV series). That left the opportunity open for Chris Columbus to step in and launch the franchise as well as directing the sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
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Producers Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert hired Lucy Lawless to play Xena in their ’90s TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, which led to her starring role in the original TV series Xena: Warrior Princess. When the pair pulled Lawless into their new show Ash vs Evil Dead, we wondered if a new Xena series might not be far behind. And, yep, here’s news of the early stages of a Xena reboot, with likely involvement from Lawless, Raimi, and Tapert.
Update: Lucy Lawless says this news is “just a rumor,” more below.
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