Ever since Freddy’s glove showed up in Evil Dead 2, horror fans have been clamoring to see the two iconic horror franchises clash on the big screen; and that fantasy film became surprisingly possible, many years later, in the wake of Freddy vs. Jason‘s box office success. It’s no secret that Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash was at one point in the early stages of development, but aside from a kickass comic series that every horror fan should have in their collection, it seems we’ll never actually see that battle come to life. We’re still bummed. And so is Robert Englund.
Speaking at this month’s Emerald City Comic Con, Robert Englund expressed his frustration about Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash being lost in development hell all those years ago, and he also revealed a potential outcome that he loved. New Line, however, was not so into the idea.
Englund told the crowd:
I am very disappointed. We left some money on the table, as they say in Hollywood, right after the great success of Freddy vs. Jason. Sam Raimi was the king of the world; he had all the money in the world because of Spider-Man. I’m a huge fan of Sam’s and I’m a big fan of Bruce Campbell. They had this idea, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash. Now we’re in what we call post-Deadpool, post-Guardians of the Galaxy perception; but back then we hadn’t had that kind of a film yet, with the exception of Evil Dead and Freddy vs. Jason, that were really mashing graphic novel and comedy and horror and science fiction. So I loved this idea.
Sam Raimi wanted Ash to win. He wanted him to win the match. Which I thought was a great idea. New Line Cinema was against it because I had just had my ass kicked by Jason; they were afraid, cause I was the most successful of the three franchises, they were afraid. ‘We can’t have Freddy killed twice in a row.’ And I was like, ‘Wait a minute, guys. You revived me, you resurrected me with dog urine! It’s real easy to bring Freddy back. Come on. That’s not that hard to do.
But anyway. I loved the idea. I had this vision of the poster. Bruce Campbell with his shirt open and all of his abs spray painted and highlighted, with Freddy Krueger under [one] arm and Jason under [the other] arm. And the poster would say: ‘Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: Keeping the world safe from sequels.’
You can watch the full chat below.