Apparently undaunted by the fact that they’re already set to put together five new hours of slapstick horror for their Starz series Ash Vs. Evil Dead, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell have said they’d both be open to making more films in the gore-soaked franchise. The pair were talking at the Television Critic Association meeting today, where they were joined by Ash Vs. Evil Dead showrunner Craig DiGregorio for a panel about the upcoming show.
“This series will force us to make more movies,” Campbell said, probably wearing that same cocky grin you’re currently imagining in your head right now. “That’s only 10 hours of programming; we need eight more movies.” Raimi agreed with the Campbellian show of bravado, saying he’d be on board to make another Evil Dead film as long as his longtime friend and collaborator was in front of the camera. Until then, though, fans of blood and boomsticks will have to content themselves with the 10 half-hour episodes on Ash Vs. Evil Dead currently set to start airing on October 31 (although the pair also hinted, possibly jokingly, that a renewal announcement might already be in the works).
In other Raimi-related reboot reporting, Lucy Lawless was also at the panel—she plays the mysterious Rudy on Ash Vs. Evil Dead—and took some time to keep the waters around a potential Xena: Warrior Princess resurrection nice and muddy. “I don’t know,” she said, when asked about the project, before going on to mock the media for reporting the new series as a sure thing, even though she was the one who started the rumors in the first place. But then, we were all fools to think we could keep Lucy Lawless contained. If we could, her name would be Lucy Lawful, and Xena would have been about zoning ordinances and filing tax forms in triplicate.