Ash’s double-barreled Remington has not killed its last of the evil dead.
Pay-for channel Starz has announced that it is bringing the cult classic Evil Dead franchise back to life with a straight-to-series 10-episode order in 2015, according to Deadline.
The new series, called Ash vs. Evil Dead, will see a return for Bruce Campbell as the title character and director Sam Raimi returning to the helm for the pilot episode. Producer Rob Tapert will work above-the-line.
“Evil Dead has always been a blast,” Raimi said. “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.”
The plot will follow similar lines as the original films. An aging Ash is forced to fight demons – both external and internal – as a Deadite plague threatens to eradicate mankind.
The original films have become cult hits in the horror genre since their release. They made Sam Raimi a prominent figure in Hollywood for his blend of comedy and gore, while Bruce Campbell has become a favorite known for his enthusiasm and willingness to interact with fans.
The last film of the original series was Army of Darkness, released in 1992. A modern remake of the first Evil Dead film was released last year, starring Jane Levy and directed by Fede Alvarez.
Since the films were first released, rumors of a comeback have been a regular occurrence in the internet community. However, conflicting schedules have made a new incarnation difficult, with Rami working on the Spider-Man films and Bruce Campbell cast as a fixture on USA’s Burn Notice.
No release date has been set. Raimi brother Ivan Raimi will co-write with Tom Spezialy. Ivan Raimi will also co-executive produce with Aaron Lam.