Bruce Campbell won’t be blasting through deadites with his boomstick moving forward (unless it’s in video games), but the Evil Dead cinematic franchise will live on without Ash Williams as its beloved snarky hero. Evil Dead Rise is currently in the works, and the film will begin filming in New Zealand later this year. Groovy.
Campbell confirmed the news in a recent interview with Knox News. According to the legendary actor, Evil Dead Rise will be “out of the woods,” suggesting that the story will take place in an urban setting. The film is also being written and directed by Lee Cronin, whose previous credits include The Hole In the Ground. Campbell and Sam Raimi will remain on board as producers.
While it’s difficult to come to terms with the fact that Ash Williams won’t chop up another possessed lover with a chainsaw, Campbell has shared some interesting details on the new protagonist.
Evil Dead Rise will feature a heroine
The 2013 Evil Dead reboot introduced Jane Levy’s Mia to the world of Necronomicons and deadites, proving that these movies don’t need Ash to be awesome. However, while many fans want to see Mia make a return in a sequel, Campbell revealed that Evil Dead Rise will feature a new badass heroine.
“We’re going to have a heroine, a woman in charge, and she’s going to try and save her family… We’re honing-in, circling the building now trying to lock in a partner. We have a couple of bidders and we’re trying to just find the correct suitor…”
Campbell then went on to explain that Evil Dead Rise isn’t a remake or reboot. The film exists in the same universe as the other films and TV series, and future instalments could see a variety of characters unwittingly unleash the horrors found within the pages of the Necronomicon.
“Look, this is another Evil Dead movie and that book gets around, a lot of people run into it and it’s another story.
“The main key with Evil Dead is they’re just regular people who are battling what seems to be a very unstoppable evil, and so that’s where the horror comes from.
“It’s not someone who’s skilled. They’re not fighting a soldier. [Or] a scientist. They’re not fighting anybody more than your average neighbour. This one is going to be a similar thing.“
Campbell’s description makes the upcoming movie sound like a true Evil Dead movie. And while he isn’t as involved as he used to be, he still has the franchise’s best interests in mind. Still, what would the series have been like if The Chin had one last outing as Ash?
Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi considered making another sequel before Evil Dead Rise
It’s great that the Evil Dead franchise is continuing, but it’s a shame that Campbell and Raimi didn’t bring some of their previous ideas for sequels to life years ago. As Film School Rejects pointed out, the pair considered several ideas for Evil Dead movies in the past, including a documentary found footage movie and a sci-fi tale that would have pitted Ash against Terminator-esque machines.
Of course, there was also Freddy vs Jason vs Ash, which would have seen the chainsaw-wielding hero go up against the antagonists of the Nightmare On Elm Street and Friday the 13th franchises, respectively. That film didn’t happen as crossover projects are a legal nightmare for studios. The good news is that the concept wasn’t wasted, however, as Ash fought the aforementioned villains in a comic book series that was released in 2007.
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