The Evil Dead will be unleashed once again when Ash vs Evil Dead debuts Halloween night on Starz, but if you were hoping to see a crossover between Bruce Campbell’s Ash from the 1981 original Evil Dead and Jane Levy’s Mia from the 2013 remake, those hopes may have just been dashed.
Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez first brought up the possibility of the two heroes meeting up in a 2013 Wondercon panel (moderated by yours truly) when he spoke of a possible plan for him to direct an Evil Dead remake sequel while Raimi made Army of Darkness 2, and then having Ash and Mia meet up in a film after that.
Raimi then broached the subject again this summer at San Diego’s Comic-Con when he said during the Ash vs Evil Dead panel that “After working with Fede Alvarez, who did a terrific job on the Evil Dead remake — we loved that movie and we [are] thinking we should do a team-up eventually of his great heroine and our hero for a joint-Evil Dead reality.”
However, that team-up may not be in the works after all — at least not anytime soon. We sat down with Raimi, Campbell, and new series star Lucy Lawless for a roundtable interview (which can be found in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly) and asked Raimi abut those crossover plans, and the director appeared to pump the brakes on the idea.
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“That’s something that I said I wanted to see,” says Raimi. “And I talked to Fede Alvarez, the director of the Evil Dead remake, and even said it at Comic-Con. But the reality is, once you’ve got these showrunners and writers working on this juggernaut, trying to figure out where the season’s going to go, it’s very hard to simultaneously write a combo movie that would fit in with where the series is going to end up at that particular point, and it really would have to coalesce with what the writers are doing in the writers’ room. So even though I said it, realistically, I don’t know how we’d be able to pull it off at this particular moment.”
So at the very least, don’t expect Jane Levy’s Mia to show up on Ash vs Evil Dead. And don’t expect any further movement on the crossover idea as long as the new series is on TV. As for down the road, we can always still dream, although as with all things Evil Dead, those dreams will no doubt turn into nightmares.
To check out our roundtable with Raimi, Campbell, and Lawless, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands now, or buy it here. You can also hear the full roundtable on Entertainment Weekly Radio’s Ash vs Evil Dead special, premiering Saturday at 8 a.m. ET on SiriusXM, channel 105.