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I love Sam Raimi’s 1992 movie “Army of Darkness”. Though the film was a flop when it opened, it’s since become a cult hit, even though it took the first two “Evil Dead” movies (yes, “Army of Darkness” was the THIRD in the original “Evil Dead” series) and basically turned it into a goofball, Three Stooges comedy. Mind you, “Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn” was already getting there, but “Army of Darkness” was the one that REALLY went there.
Over the years, we’ve heard from various sources, including Sam Raimi and various producers of the franchise, that a sequel to “Army of Darkness” is in the works. So what’s been happening with that?
As always, Bruce Campbell, Ash himself, was asked about the prospect of returning as the Deadite killer when he recently attended the Wizard World Nashville Comic Con last Friday. (Is it just me, or are there now Comic Cons EVERYWHERE?) According to ComicBook.com, here’s how Campbell initially answered the question:
The last one was twenty-two years ago. I just haven’t been racing to do it. Sam Raimi is just a little bit busy making the biggest movies in Hollywood. I use to be busy. Now I’m not. That’s why I’m here.
He’s referring to his show “Burn Notice” on the USA Network finally ending its series run a few weeks back. I guess he’s got a lot of time now, though given his popularity with fanboys, I’m sure Campbell will never truly be out of work. Hell, if Danny Trejo can do 50 movies a year…
Ash would have to stop occasionally from chasing some deadite to catch his breath. Maybe we could do that, I guess. That would be exciting. Fight in a walker. That would be alright. Hit them with my cane. Fake them out, have a fake heart attack, distract a zombie. I like it.
That’s just Campbell making jokes, which is what he does.
But he finally gave this ray of hope to the gathered masses about the possibility of coming back:
Alright sir, the answer is yes.
Ah. Confirmation? Sort of.
Campbell probably hates getting this question everywhere he goes, and although he’s not too old for the role, I’m sure he’d rather be doing something else with his time. Of course, as a big ol fan of “Army of Darkness”, I would really, really love to see him back. The boomstick just ain’t the same without him.
And it certainly wouldn’t be nearly as groovy.