Randomly surfing the net the other day, I spotted an article on IGN Filmforce which I found very interesting. It concerned the much maligned Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash idea, which is an idea that's been bounding around for what seems liked forever now.
What makes this news worthy is the fact that this is one of the only times Sam Raimi himself has commented on the project. This is lifted directly off IGN Filmforce, so Mum's he word...
IGN: Do you have any plans to direct another horror movie?
SAM RAIMI: No, I don't have any plans past SPIDER-MAN. It's such a beast of a movie, it takes so much effort and coordination and so much help from so many departments: Actors and technicians and artists, that I couldn't hold in my brain another picture. As a director, I can only do one movie at a time, I can only hold that in my head, and I have to concentrate on it 100 percent or it's too difficult.
IGN: The EVIL DEAD series only seems to grow in popularity over the years. There must be around 20 different DVD editions of the three films.
RAIMI: I know, they keep doing that, it's so weird.
IGN: Do you have any interest in returning to that series or do you ever talk to Bruce about that?
RAIMI: I would actually love to and one day I hope to. I hope sooner rather than later. I really had a lot of fun with them, and I think the audience may now want to see one. Maybe when I'm done with the SPIDER-MAN movie I can get to work on one.
IGN: The FREDDY VS. JASON VS. ASH rumors keep circulating. What are your thoughts on that project?
RAIMI: Well, I actually really like those, the Freddy movies, and Jason is a classic American horror figure now. I have a lot of respect for those series, and maybe one day they will meet up, but right now what I'd like to do is, well I'd first rather make another EVIL DEAD picture, and then maybe when we're done with it, if there's an interesting story that really seems like it's not just a device to make money, which I'm not saying it was. I know that they wanted to do something really cool, but I wanted to keep the option open for myself to make another EVIL DEAD movie without the limitations of what that story may have done. That's really, I think, what it is.
IGN: So you do hold complete control over the rights to the Ash character?
IGN: So there's no way they can make that movie without your consent?
RAIMI: Right. I think that they were hoping that it might go. We talked about it, but then the press release came out and I think I would need more control than they would be happy with and I don't want to control some other director. Sean Cunningham's a brilliant director and I actually don't want to be in a position where I'm trying to protect Ash and the EVIL DEAD story and he's not getting everything he wants. Even though it might have been really great, I bet what he does is gonna be great, it didn't seem like a good position for me to be in. Anyways, they've got so many great possibilities with that franchise and those two characters, I don't think they really need the EVIL DEAD franchise to be part of it.
Reading between the lines, there are two things to note, then. Firstly, Sam's held Ash back from getting involved in the franchise and, secondly, he wants to make another Evil Dead
The closest thing there is to a new Evil Dead movie is the PS2/Xbox game A Fistful of Boomstick. Check out our article here.