Bruce Campbell Says Army of Darkness 2 Not Happening; He’ll Only Shake His Ash For Sam Raimi
For the past several weeks there have been numerous rumors and rumblings that Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell were hard at work on a sequel to Army of Darkness. Things started to really pick up steam with Evil Dead reboot director Fede Alvarez replied to a fan’s Tweet regarding the possibility of a sequel. Alvarez had exited the Evil Dead sequel to do direct a new film, so fans thought Army of Darkness 2 would slip in between Evil Dead and its sequel, setting up the Ash/Mia crossover that was teased when the reboot was released. Well now the man with the chin himself, Bruce Campbell, has weighed in on these rumors and Alvarez‘s departure.
Speaking with The Pop Fix (via /Film) during this past weekend’s Stan Lee’s Comikaze, Campbell was asked how things were going with Army of Darkness 2. That’s when he shot down and burned to ashes all those rumors:
It’s not news, it’s not news. Let me dispel that right now. It’s all internet B.S. There’s no reality whatsoever. These random comments slip out of either my mouth or Sam Raimi’s mouth, next thing you know we’re making a sequel. Unless it’s announced by Renaissance Pictures it’s not real. Unless you have a start date or a release date, it’s not real. We do appreciate people’s enthusiasm for another Army of Darkness, but they should just wait until it’s real. I feel bad for people because the internet is so prey to misinformation. It’s unbelievable how much misinformation there is. I just encourage everybody to get the real information not that just you heard something.
After saying he wishes Fede all the best for going off and doing other stuff and not being locked in as ‘the Evil Dead‘ guy, since “we all know how that happens,” he was asked if he would ever like to be a part of a Marvel Zombies project whether it be live action or a cartoon. Campbell pointed out that he would never, ever be Ash for anyone except Raimi:
I will never play the character Ash for any other director than Sam Raimi. If he directs it, let’s go. If he doesn’t, see ya later!
You watch the video in its entirety below to see how Campbell reacts to the Ash and Army of Darkness questions. While Army of Darkness 2 is not in the works as some though, I guess you can take comfort in the fact Campbell is still open to reprising that role as long as Raimi is involved. With Fede Alvarez leaving the Evil Dead sequel, what happens next with the franchise is up in the air. Hopefully we hear what the next direction is before long. What do you think of Campbell‘s comments?
— Fede Alvarez (@fedalvar) October 26, 2013