The King of Camp and master of undead disaster Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, Lolipop Chainsaw) returns to the screen once more to defend his workplace against the undead. This time, however, he’ll have help! Black Friday is headed to theatres and on-demand in November from Screen Media Films.
Director Casey Tebo’s latest narrative sci-fi, Black Friday, is now filming in Boston with word from Deadline‘s Tom Grater. The film hails from Warner Davis Company and MFW Productions with a script by Andy Greskoviak, and actor Bruce Campbell headlining the film alongside Michael Jai White and Devon Sawa.
A new employee Ash deals with, Pablo Simon Bolivar (Ray Santiago), sees in Ash a hero – someone to look up to, even if Ash doesn’t believe in himself because he’s wracked with survivor’s guilt since all his friends and fiancee were taken from him in the first and second Evil Dead films. Pablo tends to be a bit naive but open to the possibilities of the universe as his uncle, El Brujo (Hemky Madera), a mystic shaman, reveals that Ash may be one of the “El Jefe” spirits; the Boss. It is that discovery which sets Ash’s destiny to save Mankind from the Deadites and the Dark One, performed with all playful seriousness by Lucy Lawless.
Executive producers and The Evil Dead original filmmakers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell will return for the second season with executive producer and showrunner Craig DiGregorio. Campbell will continue in his role as Ash Williams, the aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter. Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) is also returning as Ruby, a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks.
I’m not a huge horror fanatic, but lately I’m being given a few things to catch up on, and apparently watching director Sam Raimi‘s 1981 cult horror hit, The Evil Dead and his 1987 sequel, both starring actor Bruce Campbell, are a few to put on my to-see list. Starz network just greenlit a sequel television series to these films which garnered both critical and commercial acclaim in their heyday prior to the 2013 reboot, and the company issued a press release on Monday as part of their official announcement.
I have homework to do… *sigh*
Beverly Hills, Calif. – November 10, 2014 – Starz announced today the greenlight of the network’s next original series, the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead. The project reteams the original filmmakers, director Sam Raimi, with longtime producing partner Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell.
The STARZ Original series officially titled “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” will be 10 half-hour episodes. Bruce Campbell will be reprising his 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.
“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 Sam 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 Bruce Campbell.
“STARZ has always been a great creative partner and we are excited to be working with them on this project,” said Robert Tapert.
Raimi will direct the first episode. “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” was written by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi (Darkman, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell) and Tom Spezialy (“Chuck,” “Reaper,” “Desperate Housewives”). Sam Raimi will also serve as executive producer, along with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” Xena: Warrior Princess”) and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”). Ivan Raimi will Co-Executive Produce and Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) will serve as producer.
The original Evil Dead film followed Ash and his friends who travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release demons intent on possessing the living. The film became an international success and is critically lauded to this day as one of the best horror movies of all time. It also spawned a media franchise, including two sequels, as well as video games and comic books and a recent reboot that grossed $97 million worldwide.
“Ash Vs. Evil Dead” project was packaged by CAA 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 series will air on STARZ in 2015.
Starz will retain all domestic and international multiplatform rights including television, home entertainment, and digital.