Saturday, December 8, 2007
Evil Dead and Gone?
I was thinking about how Bruce Campbell was being labeled the 13th coldest person in Hollywood by film threat (here) when I suddenly realized that, not only do these folks not know what the hell they’re talking about when it comes to Campbell (‘cause they’re spot on when comes to Nicolas Cage), but that Bruce is too old to play Ash again. Fans have been pining away for years for a sequel to Army of Darkness, which of course was really Evil Dead III, but as Campbell has stated on many occasions AoD didn’t make enough money, so there ain’t gonna be a sequel. Well, never say never, but a greater problem at this point is Bruce Campbell’s age. He doesn’t look like Ashley anymore, He looks like Ashley’s dad. A new Evil Dead/AoD film with Bruce as the lead would just be sad. It seems like it would be disrespectful to the character and to Bruce IMO.
BUT… after reading the AoD comics for a couple of years now by Dynamite Entertainment (which are fantastic by the way) I’ve come to realize that I really do miss the character on the big screen or the small screen for that matter. There’re too many untold Deadite stories and not enough fights between the forces of the book of the Dead and Ashley J. Williams. We need some sort of AoD film or video.
There are only two ways to do it at this point. One, you make an animated film or TV show. Or 2, you bring back Bruce Campbell in a supporting role as the old burned out chosen one that has to train the new dorky, inexperienced chosen one. Personally I’m leaning towards an animated project ‘cause then we could just have Campbell do the voice work and voilà, Ash is back. Maybe a trilogy of 3 movies would be cool although I know I would really prefer an animated TV show but I’m worried it would get cancelled. Better to compete the story then be left hanging. A live action film with an Old Ash has some advantages too in that we’d actually get to see Campbell acting again but also it’s closer to the sprit of the original movies. I’m seeing a Popeye – Pappy kinda relationship.
Well, that’s my Evil Dead 2-cents for a while. We’ll never get either project, but I guess, in a small way, I’m doing my own pining away for the AoD franchise. At least I’ve still got the comics right? ...And Campbell's "They Call Me Bruce" for that matter.
On an unrelated note did you know that AoD was called Captain Supermarket in Japan?!