Starz is moving forward with a series that will be a follow-up to a series of cult feature films. Variety reports that the pay-cable net ordered “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” a sequel to the “Evil Dead” movies.
“The new show will reteam director Sam Raimi with longtime producing partner Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell, who will reprise his iconic role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead,” the story reports.
Said Carmi Zlotnik, Starz managing director: “Starz first worked with Sam and Rob on ‘Spartacus,’ and we are thrilled to be back in business with them. With Sam writing and directing and Bruce Campbell returning to the screen, we are certain the show will give ‘Evil Dead’ fans around the world the fix they’ve been craving.”
Raimi added: “Evil Dead has always been a blast. Bruce, Rob, and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to tell the next chapter in Ash’s lame, but heroic saga. With his chainsaw arm and his ‘boomstick,’ Ash is back to kick some monster butt. And brother, this time there’s a truckload of it.”
Raimi will reportedly direct the first episode and will be an executive producer on the series, along with Tapert and Campbell.