Horror Classic ‘The Evil Dead’ Coming to TV With Star Bruce Campbell

Campbell is also cowriting the series with director-writer Sam Raimi and his brother, Ivan Raimi

July 28, 2014 3:20 PM ET
Bruce Campbell in "Evil Dead II".

Bruce Campbell in “Evil Dead II”.
Everett Collection.

More than three decades after the horror classic The Evil Dead sprang forth from The Book of the Dead to spawn two sequels and a 2013 reboot, the franchise will return as a TV series. The original movie’s writer and director, Sam Raimi, has teamed with his brother Ivan and the original trilogy’s star, Bruce Campbell, to write the series, according to Bloody Disgusting. More exciting for horror fans is the fact that Campbell confirmed to a fan on Twitter that he intended to star in the series, or at least “that’s the plan.”

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Campbell made an appearance in the 2013 Evil Dead reboot in a scene after the credits, lifting his head from the darkness and saying his classic line from The Evil Dead II, “Groovy,” after a voice-over recited this portentous line from the first film: “I have seen the dark shadows moving in the woods and I have no doubt that whatever I have resurrected through this book is sure to come calling for me.” Bloody Disgusting suggests that the cameo foreshadowed Campbell’s return to the film series, though currently no other film sequels appear to be in the works.

Raimi made the announcement at San Diego Comic-Con, where he was discussing the movie adaptation of the horror video game The Last of Us, which he is producing. Neil Druckmann, who wrote the game’s plot, is working on the game’s screenplay; the director and cast for the project have yet to be announced.


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