After three sequels and one remake, “The Evil Dead” might head to TV. Horror honcho and creator Sam Raimi (“Xena: Warrior Princess“) has been planning on doing a television version for the multimillion dollar cult franchise. He will work on it with Bruce Campbell, who previously played the title role in the first three films. Read on to find more about the TV adaptation of Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead” with Bruce Campbell.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Kirkman shared the news with the Screen Gems panel and audience during the 2014 Comic Conference in San Diego, California. He was there on a surprise appearance for his upcoming film, “The Last of Us.”
Without missing a beat, he continued to work on the the adoring audience. He shared that he will work on “The Evil Dead” series with his frequent collaborators: his brother, Ted Raimi, and “The Evil Dead” star Bruce Campbell.
A site called Bloody Disgusting also posted that Campbell confirmed that he might star in the upcoming TV series. He responded to a Twitter fan with the message “That’s the plan,” which was accompanied with an drawing of him.
That's the plan. pic.twitter.com/m7EkBFpl1b
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) July 27, 2014
“The Evil Dead” is a 1981 film starring a young Bruce Campbell as Ash, Ellen Sandweiss, Hal Delrich, Betsy Baker and Sarah York. Ash, his sister and their three other friends embarked on a vacation road trip to a remote wooden cabin. They didn’t know that there were a lot in store for their last spring break. It all started when they found a journal and several audio tapes that contained Sumerian incantations for the “Book of the Dead.” When his sister and friends become possessed, Ash got no other choice but to fight back for survival.
Raimi’s first attempt on a big budget film had been a success. It was followed with two more movies including “Evil Dead II” in 1987 and “Army of Darkness” in 1992. Though the last film was considered as a flop, “The Evil Dead” has been made into a remake in 2013. It starred Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore. The 2013 reboot film was made without any involvements from the original production team including Raimi and Campbell. It was written and directed by Fede Alvarez.
Speaking of “The Last of Us,” the upcoming film is Raimi’s latest movie project. It is based on the critically acclaimed video game from Sony Computer Entertainment and developer Naughty Dog. “The Last of Us” follows Ellie, a young survivor of the apocalyptic zombie catastrophe that happened 20 years before. The worldwide epidemic was brought by a mutant strain of a deadly fungus that transformed humans into zombies.
The film would be directed by Neil Druckmann (“Uncharted 2,” “Uncharted 4”). It will be executively produced by Raimi through Screen Gems. Maisie Williams, who plays as Arya star in “Game of Thrones,” has been in talks for the titular role as Ellie.
That’s it for the TV remake of Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead” with Bruce Campbell. Don’t forget to check out the trailers of the first “The Evil Dead” and its 2013 reboot. Stay tuned on Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates on your favorite TV series, upcoming movies and Hollywood celebrities.
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