A few months ago, Bruce Campbell let slip that an Evil Dead TV series was in the making, but could offer no specific details about when, or with whom. At the time, I disregarded it as the usual fan wank, since "when are you making an Army of Darkness sequel?" is literally the question Campbell gets asked the most, and he's been giving general noncommittal answers for years.

Well, this shows us. Starz has ordered ten episodes of Ash Vs Evil Dead, which will see Campbell return to his star-making role 23 years after he last played Ash. The 2015-expected series will concern "a Deadite plague [that] threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal." Campbell will produce the series along side long-time collaborators Rob Tapert, Ivan and Sam Raimi. The latter Raimi will direct the first episode, as well as co-write the series with his brother and former Chuck scribe Tom Spezialy. Said Sam, "Bruce, Rob, and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to tell the next chapter in Ash’s lame, but heroic saga." While not mentioned in this first announcement, I would guess that the other Raimi, Ted, will also be involved in some capacity onscreen.

I've always felt that Campbell's TV work (the Evil Dead movies not withstanding) has been his superior product, be it his time on Xena, or Brisco County, or Burn Notice. So I'm properly excited about seeing what he'll be able to do with Ash in a long format environment. And Starz, with their wiliness to push the content envelope, might be a fertile ground from which the Evil Dead can rise again.

Via Den of Geek.
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