I feel optimistic. After holding fans at arms length for so long it really does seem like the intent is there.
Even though Army of Darkness is a cult film and its fans would desperately like for Bruce Campbell to pick up a chainsaw and a shotgun again so he can reprise his role as Ash. Army of Darkness came out in 1992, and where there’s hope for a sequel, there are rumors. Campbell and director Sam Raimi always dance around the possibility of a sequel and come right up to the line of saying they’re doing it, but legitimate pre-production never gets underway. Today, that tradition continues as Campbell talked to an audience at Wizard World Nashville Comic Con, and said “I just haven’t been racing to do it. Sam Raimi is just a little bit busy making the biggest movies in Hollywood. I use to be busy. Now I’m not. That’s why I’m here.” That should have been the end of it, but of course, it wasn’t.
Hit the jump for a description of how Campbell sees an old Ash fighting evil, and for a misleading confirmation about the movie.
Campbell told the crowd at Nashville Comic Con [via Comicbook.com] that this new Ash would have to take the actor’s age into consideration:
“Ash would have to stop occasionally from chasing some deadite to catch his breath. Maybe we could do that, I guess. That would be exciting. Fight in a walker. That would be alright. Hit them with my cane. Fake them out, have a fake heart attack, distract a zombie. I like it.”
I like it too, especially in Campbell’s 2002 movie, Bubba Ho-Tep where he played a geriatric Elvis fighting a mummy.
But to come back to the original question of “Are you going to make a sequel to Army of Darkness?”, Campbell replied, “Alright sir, the answer is yes.”
That seems like a confirmation that the movie is a go, but it’s not. Raimi could be working on a script, but where’s the studio that’s going to back a sequel to a 21-year-old cult movie? Raimi’s 2009 film Drag Me to Hell, which comes off like a cousin to Evil Dead II, proves that someone would be willing to indulge his “spook-a-blast” tendencies, but Campbell saying he’ll do Army of Darkness 2 isn’t a surprise. The surprise will be when production begins in earnest.