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Bruce Campbell on Making ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ without the Rights to ‘Army of Darkness’

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Published on Oct 26, 2015

I very much enjoy the gruesome splatterfest in Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead remake, but the new Starz series, Ash vs. Evil Dead, is what the franchise fans have really been waiting for. Bruce Campbell returns as everyone’s favorite arrogant yet lovable chainsaw-wielding Value Stop (formerly S-Mart) employee, Ash. He’s been pretty content working as a stock boy, hanging out in his trailer and picking up ladies by flaunting his fake hand, but when he accidentally winds up unleashing the evil of the Necronomicon, he’s got no choice but to arm up and take out some Deadites again.

The most striking quality of the Ash vs. Evil Dead pilot is how much it feels like it’s part of the original trilogy, which likely has a little something to do with the fact that it’s a Campbell/Sam Raimi reunion. While promoting the show’s October 31st debut, I got the opportunity to sit down with Campbell to discuss the process of picking additional directors to helm future episodes, why they couldn’t get the rights to Army of Darkness, how he was feeling about the future of the franchise after the release of the 2013 remake and much more.

By Perri Nemiroff

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