Freddy. Jason. Ash. All classic icons of horror. But many might not know that they were all supposed to come together for the greatest mashup the horror genre has ever seen. That’s right, at one point in time, Freddy v Jason v Ash was going to be a movie. There was a clear favorite to win the fight, but not everyone was in agreement. New Line Cinema had some interesting reasons for wanting a different character to win.
After the success of Freddy v Jason in 2003, the studios planned a sequel of sorts that would add Ash (from the Evil Dead franchise and TV series) into the fray. Everyone was on board for this film, especially Sam Raimi, the director of the Evil Dead films and creator the Ash’s character. He made it no secret that he thought Ash should win the fight (and that only makes sense, as he is the only mortal character of the three, the other two have been resurrected multiple times).
However, as with many great film ideas, this one never made it to the screen. Instead, the story ended up as a 6 part comic book series called Freddy v Jason v Ash in which Ash completely destroys the two villains. The series was published in 2007-08. However, not everyone was keen about Ash’s victory.
Robert Englund, who plays Freddy Kreuger, opened up at Emerald City Comic Con earlier this month about New Line’s reasons for their different opinion. He also laments the fact that the film never got made, and his clear vote that Ash should be the one to win (if Freddy even wants Ash to win, come one New Line!). The full video can be seen below. Here’s what he had to say:
“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.'”
So essentially New Line didn’t like seeing their titular villain bullied, which is a problem for a few reasons. First of all, he’s a villain! He’s supposed to be beaten! And second of all, if they really are worried about the future of the franchise, they shouldn’t be. Because as Englund points out, Freddy will never really die. They’re still making movies about him! Though there is no talk of the film being made right now, with the success of Ash vs the Evil Dead TV show and with more and more universe mash ups becoming popular, fingers crossed that we’ll get to see Freddy v Jason v Ash finally become a reality sometime soon.