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This weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, director Sam Raimi stunned the crowd with his announcement of an Evil Dead TV series. Raimi is said to be currently working on the script with his brother Ted Raimi and versatile actor, Bruce Campbell, who he has collaborated with in the past. Though no further information on where fans can see the future show have been announced, “Zombie Mania” on prime time TV is far from over.
The Evil Dead is the first film in a zombie movie trilogy of the same name, all starting with five young adults who find the Necronomicon (Book of the Dead) in an old abandoned cabin in the woods. What starts as a booze-fueled vacation ends in the supernatural demise of all but one – the lovable protagonist Ash Williams, who is played by Bruce Campbell. Ash goes on to face countless zombies, and undead monsters in the movies to come. The films have racked up a cult following that remains strong to this day.
Sam Raimi created the Evil Dead series in 1981, impressing audiences with his first low budget full length film. Raimi created it independently with the help of friend and star of the film, Bruce Campbell, as well as some generous backers. The success fueled a trilogy with Evil Dead 2 (1987), and Army of Darkness(1992), in which Raimi leaves behind more serious tones of horror movies and incorporates more comedy, his initial reason for getting involved with directing movies.
Raimi has proven himself to be a talented and diverse man, working on a number of popular action movies and thriller movies alike. Raimi also has a strong footing in the TV industry, helping produce the series Hercules: The Legendary Journey (1995), and Xena: Warrior Princess (1995), both of which featured Campbell as the Prince of Thieves.
He has since become better known for directing the Spider-Man trilogy, starring Toby Maguire, but will forever be loved for his talent at directing horror films. It has been announced that he will be producing the movie adaptation of the popular horror video game The Last of Us, which is set to star Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones (2011).
When Evil Dead got a remake in 2013 it got quite the public reaction, especially when it was announced that Sam Raimi would not be directing or writing it. The job instead went to South American director Fede Alvarez.
The little-known writer/director gained recognition for Panic Attack in 2009, showing promise in sci-fi movie production. The sequel has already been announced and is in production, with Alvarez still attached to the film.
It is no surprise that Raimi’s announcement of an Evil Dead TV series at San Diego Comic-Con is making headlines, as well as happy fans, for that matter. Increasing the mounting level of hype, Bruce Campbell announced on his Twitter account that he intends to return to the series, a rumor that has been surfacing since the remake movie was first announced. Although Campbell was not in the remake at all, he appeared in a dramatic teaser at the end, saying only “Groovy” and leaving no hints of what might come. He continues to leave his fans in suspense, awaiting the time when they will get to finally see the return of Ash Williams to the Evil Dead franchise.
By Morgan Louchen