Well slap my ass and call me Mustang Sally. It looks like “Evil Dead 4” might ACTUALLY happen. Not all that long ago, Sam Raimi made noise at Comic Con when he announced that he had plans to start writing the further adventures of S-Mart employee Ash. But of course, he’s said that before, and I’ll be lying if I said I actually believed him. Then here comes Bruce Campbell, star of all three “Dead” films, talking about “Evil Dead 4”. In a nutshell, Campbell thinks it MIGHT happen, but he does know one thing for sure: if “Evil Dead 4” happens, you can forget about a younger sidekick ala “Live Free or Die Hard” or the recent “Indiana Jones” film. This will be Ash as the hero and that’s it. Hallelujah!
Here’s what The Chin One told MTV:
“Sam gets to hide behind the camera. I can’t. But I think he’s planning on factoring that in,” Campbell revealed. “As like a major factor. It’d be a major liability, you know Ash runs out of breath or his back goes out and [stuff] like that. I mean I just blew my hamstring fighting a stunt guy for ‘Burn Notice,’ the show that I’m doing now. So there’s a little bit of truth to all of that!”
[A possible] young sidekick character? Yeah, not so much gonna happen in “Evil Dead,” Campbell declared.
“I think the audience would be insulted if you did, because then you feel this obvious pressure to appeal,” he said. “The beauty of the ‘Evil Dead’ movies is that you’re only appealing to one demographic and that’s people who like horror movies. And you just have to please them. You don’t have to appeal to the studio. You’re already pleasing them by giving them part 4.”
Campbell stresses that he and Raimi have talked about it, and discussed it, but there is no script yet. At this point, I would love an “Evil Dead 4”. Yes, even with an old, fat Ash. How funny would it be to watch Ash try to act cool while huffing and puffing as he swings away with an ax? That would be hilarious. And Raimi is at such a point in his career that he could throw $10 million at this thing (it wouldn’t need to cost more than that) and do everything his way without batting an eye. What, didn’t he make a billion off the Spidey films alone?
So what are you waiting for, Sam Raimi. Give us our “Evil Dead 4” movie now, damn you!