Bruce Campbell Explains Why 'Freddy Vs Jason Vs Ash' Never Became A Movie

Back in the fall of 2007 a comic book miniseries debuted which pitted Freddy Krueger, Jason Vorhees and Ash Williams against each other. After that, there were rumblings of possibly seeing a film adaptation of Freddy vs Jason vs Ash, but as the years went on, nothing ever came of those talks. So what happened?

With the second season of Ash vs Evil Dead currently running on Starz, and a third season already ordered, Bruce Campbell recently participated in a Reddit AMA where he was asked about the potential for a Freddy vs Jason vs Ash movie. Find out what the actor had to say about the matter after the jump.

Here's what Bruce Campbell said about the lack of a Freddy vs Jason vs Ash movie (via ScreenRant):

I'll be honest with you. I'm not real interested in crossovers. One of the main reasons why 'Ash vs. Jason vs. Freddy' did not come to pass is because we couldn't control any other character other than Ash. That felt like a creatively bankrupt way to go. Not to mention, you're splitting the proceeds three ways with partners you might not want.

So a few different factors came into play here, but the major ones appear to be creative and financial. Surely making a crossover with Freddy and Jason when you're not in control of those characters would be rather difficult. Most likely they could have written their own script, but would have had to get approval on every single thing that each horror icon did in the movie.

Beyond that, I can't imagine that producers and rights holders of Freddy and Jason (New Line and Paramount) were keen on making a movie where they only get a fraction of the profits. However, since New Line has the rights to both Freddy and Jason now, they would have gotten two-thirds of the box office receipts.

Anyway, I'm not sure that Freddy vs Jason vs Ash is something that would have been a huge hit. While the novelty of Freddy vs Jason was enough to pull in nearly $115 million worldwide on a budget of just $30 million, I'm not sure that the appeal of adding Ash into the mix would have been enough to make it worth producing. The idea is probably best left to the pages of a comic book at this point, especially now that Ash is doing just fine with his own series.