TV: ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ latest- Sam Raimi to direct pilot, five seasons planned?





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Just last week the first casting details were announced for the upcoming Evil Dead TV series, Ash vs Evil Dead, and now thanks to Dread Central, we have some further updates on the highly anticipated series.

Firstly comes the confirmation that Evil Dead creator Sam Raimi will direct the pilot episode for the series, something which is bound to have fans cheering for joy.

Secondly comes news that the series is looking to survive for five seasons, or so says star Bruce Campbell:

When asked about the new cast, Campbell told Dread Central:

“I was there during the casting process, and they’re very talented,” said Campbell. “Aside from the ensemble [aspect], they each needed to be able to hold their own because they’ll have their own series of missions. It’s an epic tale. How could you not [plan for that]? I’m a strong proponent of the ‘big picture’ plan, and we are planning for five seasons.”

When asked about how he felt reprising his beloved character Ash, Campbell responded:

“I’m bringing everything to the table. It’s a feisty version of Ash, who’s grizzled and just wants to be left alone.”

Sounds like we will be getting a really grumpy Ash in the series, something which Campbell can pull off and make hilarious so naturally, it already has me sold. However, Campbell revealed a little of what made Ash return to the Evil Dead franchise:

“People would just not let it go,” offered Campbell (who originated the role in 1981’s The Evil Dead and reprised it in 1987 in Evil Dead II and once again in 1992 in Army of Darkness) of Alvarez’s retool, which he produced. “They may have liked the film, but they wanted Ash [to be in it].”

The Chin also revealed that Starz, who will be airing the series, have given Ash vs Evil Dead full artistic freedom, something Raimi enjoyed on the very first Evil Dead film. Campbell then went on to describe how the series will compete with popular zombie themed series The Walking Dead:

“We are competitive with ‘The Walking Dead,’ like, ‘We’ll show those fuckers!’ [Our] Deadites are very clever. They not stupid shufflers. They can mimic people; they can drive cars. They’re a fun threat. They [‘The Walking Dead’] are right up there [though] with being responsible for the current resurgence [of horror].”

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The first casting details have been confirmed for the upcoming series, Ash vs Evil Dead.

Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) will play the role of Pablo Simon Bolivar and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) will play Kelly Maxwell in the STARZ original series “Ash vs Evil Dead.” The series is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to film on location in New Zealand this spring and premiere on STARZ in late 2015.

Pablo Simon Bolivar is an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick – a Sancho Panza to Ash’s Don Quixote. Pablo believes in Ash’s heroism even if Ash himself doesn’t.

Kelly Maxwell is a moody wild child trying to outrun her past. Reluctantly dragged into the fight against Evil with Ash and Pablo, Kelly finds a different kind of family with her fellow Deadite slayers.

Santiago has recurred on television shows including “Bad Judge,” “Raising Hope,” and “Dexter”. Additional film credits also include Suburban Gothic, Sex Ed, In Time, American Son and Girlfight among others.

DeLorenzo’s previous television credits include “Sullivan & Son,” “Workaholics,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Californication,” “Growing Up Fisher” and “Eagleheart” among others.

Santiago and DeLorenzo join previously announced cast member Bruce Campbell (Ashley J. Williams).

The STARZ Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead” will be 10 half-hour episodes. Bruce Campbell will be reprising his 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. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

Raimi will direct the first episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” that he wrote with Ivan Raimi (Darkman, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell), Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) and Tom Spezialy (“Chuck,” “Reaper,” “Desperate Housewives”). Raimi will also serve as executive producer, along with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” Xena: Warrior Princess”) and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) and Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) will serve as executive producer/showrunner. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce and Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) will serve as producer.

Matt Wavish
About Matt Wavish 10125 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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