“Evil Dead” TV Series Being Developed By Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell! #SDCC

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Here’s some groovy news out of the San Diego Comic-Con!

Moments ago Sam Raimi revealed that he’s currently developing a television series based on his The Evil Dead franchise.

During the Hall H panel discussing The Last of Us adaptation, Raimi told the crowd that he and his brother Ivan, along with Bruce Campbell, are currently writing the “Evil Dead” series!

The Fede Alvarez-directed Evil Dead remake, which hit theaters in April of 2013, bowed well for Columbia Pictures earning close to $100M worldwide. Said remake is rumored to be the third sequel – following The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness – which would eventually tie into the original trilogy.

It’s unclear how this series works into the franchise’s future, although the idea of a series and new sequels gets me all tingly on the inside.

  • Chance LeBoeuf

    As a huge Evil Dead fanatic this is definitely groovy news but it needs to be on a network where it won’t have to tone done the gore. Also, it would be nice to see maybe Ash be a recurring character in the series.

    What about the movies though? Army of Darkness 2, Evil Dead 2, and the crossover.

    • Lucca Cantisano

      Hannibal isn’t HBO or Showtime and – while not nearly as gory as this – it stretches the boundaries of regular shows quite a bit on the violence department, so I don’t think we need to worry that much about the network censoring the show.

  • disqus_5MTU2mRSUF

    Phenomenal news. If an earthquake happens in LA today, we’ll know why. All the Evil Dead fans will have triggered it. This is so awesome. And yes, the show must air on a channel that will not be afraid to display the gore and horror that Evil Dead must display and deliver to its audience.

    • J Jett

      disqus_5MTU2mRSUF, so what channel do you think would/could carry this? i don’t see HBO taking it. so that leaves Cinemax (doubtful) or Showtime. a watered down crapfest on network TV is not good news.

    • http://www.michaelpshipley.com/ Michael P. Shipley

      The ultimate would be HBO. Then network. Then basic cable (FX).

  • swordfish

    Great! Another thing that will probably never happen! :(

    • Khy

      Agreed,I doubt anything will truly come of this.

    • http://www.michaelpshipley.com/ Michael P. Shipley

      This seems much more likely than a big $200m blockbuster AoD movie.

  • StevenHarvey1990

    Say whaaaaaaa? I actually hope it is a prequel concerning Professor Knowby ‘s encounter with the Necronomicon and the Deadites. THAT would be sooo sick!! It could delve into the mythology of the book, what happened his family etc, and it wouldn’t interrupt the movies in any way.

    • Christopher Pelton

      That’s a show I would watch.

    • andrew ringwald

      I think that would be an excellent idea. After all it doesn’t have to take part in the cabin until they come back from excavating. They can also introduce Knowby’s daughter Annie for an easter egg.

    • Scorpionsy

      Yes, I actually mentioned that in my long post above before reading up to your post here…that should be one of the options definitely explored.

  • Nick Peratrovich

    this is phenomenal news! wonder what network will be airing it and still hopeful for follow-up movies for the originals and the remake/re-imagining

  • Lucca Cantisano

    This is amazing! Too see that Sam, Ivan and Bruce are involved in this is mind blowing, and maybe they’ll bring Fede Alvarez to direct some of the episodes, why not?
    One network I can really see this going to is Rodriguez’s El Rey, considering the target audience is simply perfect and Fede directed some episodes of From Dusk Till Dawn…

  • anthony cali

    Sorry but the walking dead already beat you to it. Might work out but i doubt it.

    • John Joseph Rivet

      Evil Dead is older then Walking Dead and IMO is much better.

    • BloodyDe1ty

      ?? ….They are completely different.

    • Christopher Pelton

      I’m guessing you’re not familiar with the history of the Evil Dead franchise?

    • Scorpionsy

      The Evil Dead is much older than The Walking Dead…and the Deadites in it are far nastier than your regular brainless zombies in TWD…and they can taunt you and talk and are not stupid since they are basically zombies possessed with demons. They can do a lot much more damage to their victims than regular zombies…and locking yourself indoors is not going to stop them from figuring a way to get inside and try to get you.

  • http://www.newenglandhiphop.com/Johnny_Horror/ JohnnyHorror_NE

    Falling Skies is better than the Walking Dead. Hate Walking Dead from the start!

  • Khy

    Not too excited for this mainly because I doubt it will actually come to fruition but I’m more of a fan of the Evil Dead films that are straight horror. The original and the 2013 films are my favorites. ED2 was whacky fun and I HATED Army Of Darkness…so I’m truly conflicted about this. Honestly they could save this TV show and fucking Army Of Darkness 2, and just give me a serious follow up to ED’13 with Fede back as director and this time maybe set it in the snow. I think that’s the most logical move for the series.

    • J Jett

      Khy, the original and the 2013 remake are my faves too!

      • Khy

        We have so much in common Jett, do you have an email or something I can reach you at?

      • Scorpionsy

        The original is my fave of all time but I liked the reboot because they went back to the horror-only elements of the original and abandoned the dark humor…just the way an Evil Dead movie should be like! Too bad the reboot was not for me scary like the original was…but it was a good attempt by Fede Alvarez and paid respect and homage in many scenes to the original…and I liked that about it.

    • Scorpionsy

      Thank you…that is what I was talking about it my long post above. Totally agree.

  • http://www.originalplots.com/ OriginalBryGuy

    Yea but is Campbell playing Ash? If not, I’d rather see a movie, you know, where Campbell plays Ash.

    • http://www.michaelpshipley.com/ Michael P. Shipley

      Thats my feeling exactly. Ash is 99% of ED and AOD. WIthout him I dont have any desire to see it. It will just be another crappy horror tv show. Now if Raimi directed, which he wont, then I’d watch.

  • Elysium Bliss

    I don’t want to see a watered down attempt to cash in on something so many have come to endear. It isn’t Evil Dead without extreme blood, gore, and insanity!

    • Scorpionsy

      Exactly!

  • Kroork

    Ew. This will be awful. Unless it’s on HBO, it’s not evil dead without the gore. Period

    • Weresmurf

      AMC? O_o

  • Christopher Pelton

    I do my best to not be negative about things, especially this early in the game, but unless this is going to air on a channel like AMC or preferably HBO, I’m just not sure how this is going to work. But hey it’s Raimi and Campbell so you’ve got my attention.

  • Darby Dickinson

    i dont think its true

  • J Jett

    bad news. i’d love this to turn out to be good but i don’t see AMC, HBO or FX (it already has THE STRAIN) airing this. SHOWTIME already has Penny Dreadful. we will get a watered down crapper.

    • Lucca Cantisano

      I can really see Netflix buying this, as they’re buying MANY shows right now (like The Killing) and we also have El Rey, as I said – although I’m not familiar with El Rey’s levels of gore or censorship, the target audience is appropriate. Also, there’s no RULE stating that each network can only have 1 horror show going.

      • eyes_only510

        El rey actually allows some pretty high levels of gore & nudity. One of their shows actually showed a woman completely topless

      • Weresmurf

        El Rey is weird. One week FDTD had F words and gore aplenty, the next week I swear it was all censored?

    • Weresmurf

      Yeah because the channel that airs THE WALKING DEAD sure as fuck wouldn’t air a gore laden show…

      • J Jett

        Weresmurf, this won’t air on AMC. they already have their horror/gore show. they don’t want to become/be known as the horror channel. i hope i’m wrong but i don’t think i am.

        • Weresmurf

          The one reason I wouldn’t want this on AMC isn’t that reason at all. It’s the language.

          Would you really want “DARN! THE DEADITES ARE AFTER US! SHIT WATCH OUR FOR THE DARN DEADITES! FRIGGING HELL!”

          That’s what bothers me lol. Breaking Bad always censored it’s F words until the DVD’s.

          • J Jett

            Weresmurf, don’t get me wrong, i agree w/ you 100%.

  • disqus_5MTU2mRSUF

    FX needs to get their hands on this

  • Dr. Storm Crow

    My body is ready.

  • andrew ringwald

    No fucking way! I’m already excited… too bad it won’t be close to anything for maybe 2 years I bet. Damn it Bruce stop aging, and get your ass to the future to kick some deadite ass. While you’re at it. Talk to Joss about throwing in some Marvel Zombies into an episode… or Dracula… Or Freddy, and Jason. Hell I’ll even take Santa Clause just as long as he’s on a demon possessed joy ride from hell over a cabin in the woods. Ha. I wonder whose going to pick up the show.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    I have no idea how they would turn this into a continues series, but I’m totally up for anything they have planned :-)

  • Tracy Carlson-King

    the remake did not do the original movies justice since they changed too much of it! the tv series is just what the doctor ordered!

    • Trippy Leatherface

      Are you dumb a remake is not suppose to be the same thing. The remake was better than the original anyways

      • Tracy Carlson-King

        sorry but in the world that the rest of us live in, a remake means that they remake an old movie, not change the whole thing and just give it the same name. just because it took place in an old cabin in the woods that they could not get away from does not make it a good remake. and if you had actually read what i wrote, i said it did not do the original justice and i am entitled to my opinion on the movie just as i am entitled to my opinion that you are about 12 years old….mentally not chronologically.

        • Zahk Scott

          I disagree – I think that the original was done justice with the remake, but the took a decidedly darker approach with the remake that chose to remove much of the macabre humor of the original series. I don’t think there is any reason to disparage the remake when the production team really did well on distinguishing it from the first while still emulating the same basic premise. Not all remakes are bad nor are they all created equal.

          • Scorpionsy

            The original did not have dark humor (intentional humor) in it at all…you must be confusing it with Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn…which introduced dark humor in it…and I didn’t like that about it at all.

          • Zahk Scott

            That may just be a perception difference. When I saw the original (although it was not blatantly campy like the sequels) much of the acting and effects, in addition to some of the lines delivered in the script, were comical in my opinion. The makeup and gore effects specifically I recall as being more over-the-top and theatrical than genuinely horrifying, and not just because of how the film as aged in comparison to the remake – it is pretty true to the aesthetic of the time, but in a way that seems more consciously outrageous, which can come off as comical. Perhaps that was not intentional, but I did see more obvious tinges of humor in the original than the remake allowed (although deadite Mia did have a certain sense of macabre humor about her in the way she tormented her victims). But that same theme of the outrageous was carried over into the original, just in the remake it was translated as outrageous brutality and violence.

        • Golic

          the remake blew the boring old original out of the water.

        • Trippy Leatherface

          A remake is suppose to be a new take on the original. Something different. Also Zahk Scott knows what he’s talking about unlike your dumbass. If anyone’s 12 in any way, it’s you

    • Scorpionsy

      I have to agree with Tracy Calson-King here…the remake, while good that it stuck to the original’s horror elements, was not as good as the original at all..the original is a lot better on every front from characters, to makeup to music sountrack to gore…sorry…but it’s the truth! And by the original…I mean The Evil Dead not Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn which many people think is the original…it is not…and the original did not have humor at all in it!

  • Zahk Scott

    The remake was very well done and even though it did not necessarily share the same sense of macabre campy or comedy, it was probably one of the best horror films to be released thus far in the 2010s.

  • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

    Hopefully this actually happens & HOPEFULLY it’s a success, because I know I’m not the only one hoping for a sustained influx of horror TV shows!

    BUT as others pointed out, I’m worried about a restrained approach on TV. When you think about Evil Dead, you think about LOTS of blood, gore, dismembered bodies, and gory mayhem. So with that said, I have a hard time believing they’ll get away with too much, IF the show doesn’t receive a spot on Showtime, HBO, etc.

  • Spike0037

    SPOILERS if you didn’t Watch Hannibal SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS NBC aloud the showing of a man eating his own face. so calm down if it goes to network. Which is unlikely,

    • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

      Good news. lol.

    • volleyjacket

      Wait, I thought he was slicing off his face and feeding it to a dog.

      Potato, Potahto. ;-)

      • Spike0037

        both i belive. he did give the dog some

  • VictorCrowley

    First it was remakes, now it’s television series. I guess anything that furthers your favorite movie franchise is good. But, personally I’d like to see an original idea once in a while.

  • ThunderDragoon

    I don’t see how this is going to work as a TV series. I just want them to get started on Evil Dead II, continuing from where the remake left off.

  • Jerome Stapleton

    i loved the original way more then the remake crap but i would love to see an attempt at a tv series. i know ill watch the shit out of it if its good. hope Bruce will have a part or two.

  • uabefu

    Just harry up and make a sequel to the amazing remake. I loved that movie and it needs a sequel. I don’t care about a TV series..come on!

  • http://horrorfilmz4you.blogspot.co.uk/ Jegan_97

    All of you guys are spot on. Who cares about a tv series when we need a sequel to the awesome remake!?

  • Scorpionsy

    This is wonderful news! However, I would have preferred an Army of Darkness 2 movie and a sequel to the 2013 reboot, then the mentioned cross-over movie in Evil Dead 4…and as you guys know if you read my review comparison of both the original and reboot movies last year here on Bloody Disgusting that I prefer the original movie over the reboot…but enjoyed the reboot because it retained the gore and no-humor level of the original movie…unlike Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness which introduced and went full on dark humor after that.

    I love ED 2 and AOD in their own ways…but nothing beats the original Evil Dead (my fave horror movie of all time that has not been matched to date…even by the attempted reboot).

    An Evil Dead TV series is exciting to me too since I will take anything Evil Dead from the original creators rather than nothing as long as it pays tribute to the original mythology and characters and storyline. But the Evil Dead TV series cannot continue the Ashley Williams storyline nor the reboot movie’s storyline….it has to be a parallel storyline like what happened to the people (the father and girl in the beginning of the reboot) before the events of the reboot…OR a prequel story about the events that took place at the cabin with Proffessor Knowby and his family during their excavation and finding the Book of the Dead and the events leading up to when Ash and his friends go that doomed day to the cabin on their vacation.

    Also, the TV series has to be gory, claustrophobic, insanity-inducing, with REALLY scary looking Deadites (with red/puss-filled eyes like the original…not Darth-Maul style eyes like the reboot) and with NO dark HUMOR whatsoever in it…just how Evil Dead was intended in it’s original format.
    Please bring back the original Makeup artist and the music composer from the original Evil Dead movie back on the team for the TV Series….they were the best!

    This can only be shown on a channel like STARZ or HBO or Netflix or even El Rey…but not AMC because they have their own horror show in The Walking Dead and Greg Nicatero (who did most of the SFX makeup for Evil Dead 2 by the way) is producing that show too now…so no chance I think (he would not want it to take the thunder and popularity away from The Walking Dead).

    Please Raimi, Campbell and Ivan…do not fail us fans…make Evil Dead as scary as it originally was, please!!!

  • Grimphantom

    So any news on the sequel of the remake, sequel to the original and crossover of both? Instead they announce a tv series? Make up your fucking minds already.

    • Scorpionsy

      zip…zero…nada…especially after Fede Alvarez suddenly left the production/preparation work for Evil Dead 2 (the reboot’s sequel).

      • Grimphantom

        Just like with Ghostbusters 3 it won’t end well. I think the whole sequel and crossovers came to them in the last minute but decided to go for a TV series instead,,,

  • Lucca Cantisano

    Bruce Campbell just tweeted that he’s indeed expected to star in the show!

    • Scorpionsy

      Star or have a recurring appearance every now and then…like a flashback/flashforward scene?

      • http://www.michaelpshipley.com/ Michael P. Shipley

        It will be like an Old Spice commercial. Bruce will introduce each episode at a piano + smoking jacket + babes.

        • Scorpionsy

          Or he could do it like one of those Walmart / Best Buy TV Ads…only this time as Ash at S-Mart. :)

          “Shop Smart…Shop S-Mart!”

          • http://www.michaelpshipley.com/ Michael P. Shipley

            LMAO.

  • patches5

    I was hoping for a army of darkness two and a sequel to the remake but this is great news. What I also think would be cool is if it was on hbo or another network that didnt censor. I also hope of corse that bruce Campbell stars and somehow ties into the remake cause I forget her name but the star of the remake was amazing and I would like to see her and bruce (both one handed) beat some deadite ass father and daughter style. That would definitely be groovy. But again I hope its full of gore curssing and three stooges type humor! So stoked!

    • Scorpionsy

      It was Jane Levy (aka Mia) who was the main star in the reboot.

    • Scorpionsy

      It was Jane Levy (aka Mia) who was the main star in the reboot.

      Also, you want Bruce Campbell and Jane Levy (Mia) together?

      Here ya go: ;)

  • http://www.michaelpshipley.com/ Michael P. Shipley

    Poster test…

    • http://talkbacker.com/ detectivedee

      Nice!

    • John Connor

      Fucking A

    • http://www.michaelpshipley.com/ Michael P. Shipley
  • joe35

    I’d rather see this than a sequel to the awful remake.

    • http://talkbacker.com/ detectivedee

      Yup. What a soulless movie.

      • Scorpionsy

        I agree about the soulless part of the reboot.

        But it’s an Evil Dead movie…it got is soul “Swallowed” ;)

        • http://talkbacker.com/ detectivedee

          makes sense!

  • Anthony Gulino

    Holy Shit if they try and put one more horror classic or franchise on a non premium cable channel I’m gonna lose it… If your gonna do horror..DO IT RIGHT!!!!!!
    These fvcking TV executives !!!!!!!!! They will saturate the market with watered down “horror-lite” SHIT until people are puking in there living rooms !!!!!!!!!!