Bruce Campbell says his new show “Ash vs. Evil Dead” could lead to more “Dead” movies.
“This series will force us to make more movies,” Campbell told the crowd at Friday’s TCA session. He added, “We need eight more movies …. making a fourth movie would work.”
Based on the cult classic horror movies, the 10-episode, 30-minute Starz series debuts on Halloween. Campbell reprises his role as Ash, the chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility. When a plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is forced to step up and face his demons. Lawless, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo and Jill Marie Jones co-star.
Campbell insisted that “no matter what we give them it will never be enough.”
Director and EP Sam Raimi, who helmed the original “Dead” franchise, said he would gladly direct another film if Campbell was signed on to the project.
Campbell and Raimi were joined on the panel by co-star Lucy Lawless and showrunner and EP Craig DiGregorio.
Campbell warned fans the show will have be filled with a lot more blood and gore.
“I went blind the other day shooting a scene,” Campbell joked. “Take a shower and open your eyes … that’s how much blood there is on the show.”
Campbell also said he liked “weird material,” telling the crowd he wasn’t interested in what he called “normal stuff.”
“It’s not a cop show, a doctor show, or a lawyer show,” Campbell said. “Those shows make me want to hang myself as a viewer.”
Lawless was then asked whether a reboot of “Xena: Warrior Princess” is in the works after reports surfaced in recent days that the series might be coming back.
Lawless has denied the reports that the show is being developed by NBC and NBC International with original executive producers Raimi and co-creator Rob Tapert, who also happens to be Lawless’ husband.
“There was a conversation a year ago that Rob was involved in but that didn’t happen,” Lawless told the audience. “If there’s anything current going on, we’re not involved.”
Sorry, friends! news of a #Xena reboot is just a rumor. I'd love it to happen one day but it's still in the wishful thinking stage.
— Lucy Lawless (@RealLucyLawless) July 20, 2015