Bruce Campbell has always been up for reprising the role of Ash William from the 1981 horror classic Evil Dead.
Though the franchise was revived in 2013 without Campbell and his iconic character, the actor's commitment to the series has never diminished over the last three decades.
"I haven't done that 'I'm Not Spock' sort of thing, I'm Not Ash.' I know that I'm not, so it's cool," explained Campbell during an interview with Comic Book Resources in North Hollywood, Calif. last Friday. "If people really dig it, that's great, and the fact that they've stayed after us to do it has been a big reason why we pushed to make it into a television show."
Ash Vs. Evil Dead will make its debut on Starz later this year and Campbell supports the decision to opt for a television program instead of just another movie. He, along with original director Sam Raimi, believe it is definitely the right call.
"Horror used to be the stuff that gets banned," noted Campbell, who believes that the broad success of shows like The Walking Dead have "contributed to the mainstreaming of horror."
Campbell thinks that with a television series, Ash's story can expand into a more grand scale "hero's journey."
"Evil is rising…to taste the mettle of the average man, and that happens to be Ash," declared Campbell. "And in this case a middle-aged, crabby Ash who's dragged basically kicking and screaming back into this."
Production is expected to begin in New Zealand this spring. Raimi, who wrote the pilot, is also set to direct it.
Ash vs. Evil Dead will likely debut on Starz for its first season during the later half of 2015.