Starz Orders ‘Evil Dead’ Sequel Series for 2015

The Evil Dead Starz

Ready for some groovy news? Starz has ordered a follow-up series to the cult “Evil Dead” film franchise, titled “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” 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.

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. The series is slated for 10 half-hour episodes set to debut in 2015.

“Starz first worked with Sam and Rob on ‘Spartacus,’ and we are thrilled to be back in business with them,” said Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz. “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.”

“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,” said Raimi.

“I’m really excited to bring this series to the ‘Evil Dead’ fans worldwide — it’s going to be everything they have been clamoring for: serious deadite ass-kicking and plenty of outrageous humor,” said Campbell.

“Starz has always been a great creative partner and we are excited to be working with them on this project,” added Robert Tapert.

Raimi will direct the first episode as well as serving as executive producer alongside Tapert and Campbell. “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” was written by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi and Tom Spezialy. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce and Aaron Lam will serve as producer.

The “Ash vs. Evil Dead” project was packaged by CAA, APA and Craig Jacobson at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller. Marta Fernandez will serve as the executive in charge at Starz. The cabler will retain all domestic and international multiplatform rights including television, home entertainment, and digital. Campbell is repped by APA and Jacobson, Russell, Saltz & Fingerman.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 14

Leave a Reply

14 Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Labbe says:

    I’m so exited! It’s like I’m seven again and looking forward to Christmas!!!

  2. StuartM says:

    From video-nasty to half-hour Starz TV show.

    As S. Colbert once said: “Do you think that signals progress for our country, or the slow decay of our moral values?”

    I, for one, am looking forward to it!

  3. Warren says:

    Groovy!

  4. Reblogged this on HORROR BOOM and commented:
    Here’s even more details on the good ‘Evil Dead’ news, including a title for the pilot! Click “View Original” in the lower left to read all the news. Yes, Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, and of course Bruce Campbell are all involved.

  5. i am extremely excited to see where this show goes. If my words could reach anyone that matters, though, I would suggest that you stick to the ferocity of the original film, using the humor and slapstick of the second and the continued but toned-down slapstick of Army of Darkness. Being a huge Sam Raimi fan, and seeing repeatedly how easily Starz felt dipping into the daring side of a series with the Spartacus epic, I feel the show could be one of the biggest in history.

  6. I was depressed until I saw this I love Evil Dead.. and Bruce Campbell

  7. Guest says:

    Awesome news! Hopefully this will make up for that shitty remake.

  8. TJW says:

    I guess the movie won’t happen then? This sucks.

  9. “This….is my BOOM STICK.”

  10. The Other Guy says:

    Okay, it’s been a long day. Typos corrected, I think?!?!

    In a world of unwanted sequels, prequels and remakes. Someone has at last decided to give us something we want.
    Forget Marvel, forget DC, never mind Star Wars. This will be the ultimate Fanboy moment of 2015.

    Hail to the king baby!

  11. I can’t be any happier.

  12. Strarz sound like it got a great series. Good luck to the future.

More TV News from Variety

Loading