Sam Raimi scored big back in 1981 when he unleashed a spirited little monster of a flick known as The Evil Dead. To everyone’s surprise, the film quickly gained a loyal fanbase. So one year later Raimi returned to the Evil Dead realm, once more painting Ash Williams the smart-mouthed hero. The second feature boasted a much thicker comedic tone while ratcheting the gore up a few levels. Fanatics went fanatical, and Evil Dead 2 was fast on its way to classic status.
But Sam Raimi wasn’t done, yet… not by a long shot.
In 1992 Raimi took Ash back to the medieval times for Army of Darkness, forcing the poor bastard to tangle with everything from miniature Ashes to a horrifically charred and mutilated evil twin version of himself. The film was nothing short of insane, but again, Evil Dead loyalists worshipped the picture.
While all three films in the franchise have performed admirably, Raimi and company decided – some 23 years-post Army of Darkness that Ash needed to return in a big way, on the small screen. Thus, Star’ Ash vs Evil Deaborn.
The show has impressed and held the attention of weekly watchers for a full season. But what about an Evil Dead 4? Ash has once more risen to the top of the popularity mountain. Could an Evil Dead 4 be on the horizon?
If that were to be the case, what kind of story could Raimi now align for us, given the extensive adventures Ash has been a part of?
“Ivan and I wrote a lot of different versions of ‘Evil Dead’ as a feature in the years after ‘Army of Darkness’,” Raimi told ScreenRant. “We’d get 20 pages into one draft and realize it was not good, do another five pages a different direction.
“Bruce is a documentary filmmaker I remember one of them was, capturing his own journey through life. I remember we wrote one version; we started to write one version of ‘Evil Dead 4’…” Brother Ivan chimes in: “Bruce travels cross country to sell his documentary in a car to explain the importance of his story being told.” Sam continues: “No one thought it was a very important story except him.”
We’ve also heard rumors being tossed about that indicates we could see something of an alternate universe Evil Dead, in which we’d see two different versions of the same character.
“So we wrote an ‘Evil Dead 4’ that followed both realities. We were going to be following two Bruces – one in the future and simultaneously crosscutting to Bruce here in the present. And we realized, we have really lost our mind now and we must stop.”
So, perhaps I’m utterly insane, but there’s an idea or two in there that I think could be a lot of fun for the franchise. At this point we’re all watching for Ash, and it’s hard to imagine being let down by any flick featuring an appearance from The Groovy One.
Suppose for now I’ll just be thankful that Ash vs Evil Dead is delivering in a big way!