At a press conference at Comic-Con, Sam Raimi’s longtime Evil Dead series producer Rob Tapert (pictured above with Bruce Campbell and Raimi) spoke about the direction Ash Vs Evil Dead will take in its upcoming second season, and the references to the events of 1992’s Army of Darkness that viewers can expect. He also talked about the possible future of Evil Dead 4, the long-rumoured sequel generally assumed to have been put to bed in favour of the Starz TV series. i09 reported on the conference, printing Tapert’s words.
“So, Army of Darkness is owned by MGM, and we just never had a chance to properly reference it in the first season,” Tapert explained. “I read somebody’s online thing, ‘Oh look, they’re only pulling from these two [Evil Dead] movies.’ This season, we do bring up Ash’s events in Army of Darkness and reference it. It was more that there wasn’t a place for it in our storytelling that we needed to talk about that. If he started blabbing to these shop clerks about, ‘Yeah, I went back to the Middle Ages and did all these things,’ [it would just be exposition]. But that is in his memory bank, and he’s going to pull it out at the appropriate time.”
When quizzed about the possibility of an Evil Dead 4, Tapert replied: “Nothing’s off the table. We’re thinking about what that could be and who that would please. Sam [Raimi] talked for many years, teasing the world that we were going to make Evil Dead 4. And that kind of turned into a TV series. Now Bruce [Campbell] and I are going, ‘Well, there’s a possibility of a movie here.’”
We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed and boomsticks loaded for that one but in the meantime, Ash Vs Evil Dead Season 2 will air on Starz in the autumn.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)