“Evil Dead” S2 Poster, Nixed Fourth Film Ideas

Ahead of the second season premiere, Starz has released a new poster for the upcoming sophomore season of “Ash vs Evil Dead” – check it out below. Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo return for ten more half-hour episodes and all four are featured on the new artwork.

The second season roars back into action with Ash leaving his beloved Jacksonville and returning to his hometown of Elk Grove. There, he confronts Ruby with whom he has to form an uneasy alliance as Elk Grove soon becomes the nucleus of evil. The second season also introduces Michelle Hurd as Ash’s former high school sweetheart, Lee Majors as Ash’s father, and Ted Raimi as Ash’s childhood best friend.

Speaking of the franchise, the show’s Blu-ray and DVD release is about to hit and Screen Rant caught an early copy. The discs contain a commentary track in which executive producer Sam Raimi spoke about how he and his brother Ivan tried several times to pen a fourth film over the years but never got far:

“Ivan and I wrote a lot of different versions of Evil Dead as a feature in the years after Army of Darkness. We’d get 20 pages into one draft and realize it was not good, do another five pages a different direction… we wrote an Evil Dead 4 that followed both realities. We were going to be following two Bruces -one in the future and simultaneously crosscutting to Bruce here in the present. And we realized, we have really lost our mind now and we must stop.”

One of the versions had Bruce on a cross country road trip trying to sell a documentary about what happened to him, but no-one he met thought it was a very important story except him. Another was a big budget Terminator-esque story arc which was scrapped due to budget.

Ultimately they came up with the TV series format and when Campbell asks Raimi if he was upset at the idea of taking the franchise to TV, Raimi responded: “I thought it was great, because I realized the audience will only have to take you [Campbell] in little doses.”

“Ash vs Evil Dead” returns to Starz on October 2nd.