Many Evil Dead fans are still morning the retirement of Ashley J. Williams, the wisecracking, Deadite-slaying anti-hero of the franchise launched by Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert in 1981. Following the cancellation of Ash vs Evil Dead on Starz, actor Bruce Campbell announced that he was officially walking away from the iconic role that made him infamous.
No one was more saddened that Raimi and Tapert were. Even before Ash vs Evil Dead got the ax, the duo was discussing another Evil Dead feature film, one they assumed Campbell would be down to headline. The revelation came during a panel at this weekend’s Motor City Comic Con; the folks at Dark Universe reported:
Tapert: “We knew going into the third season that there was a chance (of cancellation), the ratings had been trending down, it’s hard to change that. Starz had been a good partner on Spartacus and in picking up Ash and pretty much letting us do whatever we wanted. It was probably just not the right outlet for it, but they waited until the ratings came in on the third season and said, ‘No, it’s just not working for them’. It did incredibly well when they sold the rights to the first two seasons to Netflix, but they won’t let a competitor have something… which I kind of understand, it’s been unfortunate.
We felt that through the third season the series kind of leaned in where it wanted to go and we had a really great idea to where it was going to go in the future, and it was something Sam had been talking about in rebooting a movie, what that scenario could be. Then Bruce wrote to Sam and I one day and said, ‘If they don’t (renew Ash vs. Evil Dead), I’m retiring from Ash.’ We went, ‘Wait! Bruce, what about a movie?’ ‘I’m done, I’m retiring.’
So… we’ll see. Sam and myself have been talking about what a new incarnation could be.”
Here’s an idea: Why not restart the Evil Dead remake universe established by Fede Alvarez in 2013? I think most fans would rather see what’s up with Mia (Jane Levy) than get to know a brand-new Ash. What do you guys think?
Official Synopsis: Mia (Jane Levy), a drug addict, is determined to kick the habit. To that end, she asks her brother, David (Shiloh Fernandez), his girlfriend, Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore) and their friends Olivia (Jessica Lucas) and Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) to accompany her to their family’s remote forest cabin to help her through withdrawal. Eric finds a mysterious Book of the Dead at the cabin and reads aloud from it, awakening an ancient demon. All hell breaks loose when the malevolent entity possesses Mia.
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