More details have surfaced from the grave (well, when we say “the grave,” we actually mean Starz head-honcho Chris Albrecht), regarding the upcoming horror series Ash Vs Evil Dead, from gore-maestros, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell. Since the initial details were released about the series, fans have been haemorrhaging arterial-spurts of blood-induced galore, at the prospect of seeing the iconic Ash return to ‘slice-n-dice’ some demons.
In an interview with IGN, Albrecht had gave away quite a bit of information regarding the series, and started on the prospect and the idea behind the half hour run-time:
The half hour idea was [Raimi and Campbell’s] idea. And I can tell you it’s a chock-full half hour.”
Does thirty-minutes seem too short for a show of this magnitude? Maybe, and it will also be the first show to air on Starz with such a short run-time. It could be a good thing if it’s going to be a chock-full half hour, as other shows of a similar ilk such as the hugely popular The Walkin Dead, tend to drag out in certain parts. The show could fail if it becomes too repetitive, with little-to-no time to spend on proper character development.
Albrecht also spoke about the filming locations, stating that the series will shoot in New Zealand (Peter Jackson has really put New Zealand on the map as far as big hollywood productions go), here is what Albrecht had to say on the location:
“We are shooting it in New Zealand. We’ll have to import some cars that drive left hand and import some signs because it kind of takes place in classic American towns or cities.”
It sounds as if there is going to be plenty of driving around a la Zombieland. As far as the show taking place in classic American towns and cities with the importing of cars – this has certainly piqued my interest. Luckily Campbell elaborated on this concept in a previous interview with the EW. Using The Walking Dead as a reference point, Campbell explained how it will standout from the copious amounts of other Zombie fare out there:
“It’s about as big of a counterpart to Walking Dead as you could program because Walking Dead is unrelentingly grim and hugely popular. We’re going to give people a little of the old fashioned slapstick: horror and comedy. The beauty of Starz is there’s no content issues. Let’s face it: fans want the carnage and the mayhem. So we intend to give them quite the explosion of viscera. Most of it directed at me, unfortunately.”
Extrapolating on the younger characters that will be keeping Ash company as he endures his brutal adventure fighting against the deadites (these parts have yet to be cast). Campbell explained,
“One is a male-bonding situation, and the other is a father-figure deal, since Ash could have a daughter the same age as this character. Hopefully we’ll pull Ash out of his loner-veteran mode and get him back into being a human being again.”
There has been a rumor flying around lately that Mia (who was played by Jane Levy) from the Evil Dead remake, will be playing the role of the daughter in the series, but there has been no confirmation as of yet. As Raimi and Campbell were planning on merging originals with the remake, then this could be a viable option to see that through. It’s a guessing game for now.
As for when we can expect to see the series debut on Starz, Albrecht gave us a rough idea of when to expect Ash revving up his chainsaw, and brandishing his boomstick:
“I think most likely it will be fourth quarter [of 2015]. End of third quarter, fourth quarter, something like that. We’ve got a lot of shows this year. We’re very, very excited.”
Hail to the king, baby!
Are we all still excited about this series peeps?
Via – GeekTyrant