[Remember This?] New Line Cinema Was Developing ‘Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash’

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On Friday, October 22, 2004 Bloody Disgusting was sitting on major news that New Line Cinema was in final talks to acquire the rights to the “Ash” character (donned by Bruce Campbell) from Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead franchise (The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness). By that Sunday, October 24, Ghost House Pictures’ J-Horror The Grudge remake had pulled in a whopping $39 million. Our sources tell us that Raimi didn’t even courtesy call New Line before immediately announcing that he’d next be producing a remake of The Evil Dead, his 1981 cult classic that started his career. The New Line deal died the second the remake announcement hit, which will finally come into fruition on April 12 when FilmDistrict releases the Fed Alvarez-directed reboot.

After that cringe worthy news broke, I was slipped the official treatment for New Line Cinema’s Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash (penned by New Line executive Jeff Katz), which was to be the sequel to their 2003 (August 15) blockbuster Freddy vs. Jason, which pitted A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger against Friday the 13th‘s Jason Voorhees. While the movie died that day, Wildstorm, Dynamite Entertainment, and DC Comics backed a six-issue comic book limited series that was released in November 2007 and ran until March 2008. The comic book series was written by James Kuhoric and illustrated by Jason Craig.

But before the comic was developed, Bloody Disgusting was, and still is, the sole source of the official treatment for Freddy vs. Jason. vs Ash, a film that should have become a horror fan’s new genre Bible.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    After the disastrous first film, I didn’t really care that the sequel never went forward. Except for the finale, FVSJ was just bad, I can’t describe it without using the word “cartoonish”. Now, I wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to watch Freddy VS. Jason VS. Ash if it ever came to be, but I lost all hope of it being the epic film we all hope for.

  • divisionbell

    FvsJ as just so ridiculous and so much fun I wish they did a sequel. Not to mention the director managed to do one of the best freddy nightmares ever. The little girl with the cut out eyes was just a perfect sequence!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000280232569 Will Schuster

    Your script seems WAY TOO EXPENSIVE! It was a mighty fine read though.

    • EvanDickson

      It’s not our script, it was New Line’s take on the property.

  • mav07

    FvsJ was a fucking joke because of the ridiculous dialogue/script by Mark Swift & Damian Shannon. And the fact they recast Jason instead of Hodder was just a big “Fuck You” to the fans.
    But what was even more of a fuck you, was when they re-hired those morons for the remake. You tell em’ I said that BD, you tell Brad Fuller/Andrew Form that I said their remake was ruined by those fuck-holes.

  • Joe-Banger

    Yeah Evan too expensive! LOL! I just watched Fvs.J again last week, could have been better or worse. I like it though. No need for a sequel unless someone knows what they are doing! Bruce is too old now too play Ash against those too psychos.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    The dream sequence where Freddy bounces Jason from the boiler room walls pretty much sums up how horrible FVSJ really is.

  • Joe-Banger

    I liked it not loved it! Write a better version! Remakes are in!

  • bonerghost

    God Dammit Sam, why not give up Ash? He’s not even in the remake of Evil Dead! This movie would have been awesome!! Instead we loose Robert Englund and Bruce Campbell.

  • Evil_Flip

    Ahhh those were the days. A time when a studio still dared to expand the universe instead of pulling the plug and try over. Where did it all go wrong?

  • Baphomitt

    But we’ll always have the necronomicon and freddys glove in jason goes to hell