Fans saw the newest addition to the Evil Dead franchise, Ash vs. Evil Dead, be cancelled by Starz after only airing for three seasons. Rumors were circulating at the time, hoping to see a streaming service pick up where Starz left off; however, Bruce Campbell — the American actor who plays Ashley (Ash) Williams — came forward, squashing that by announcing that he had officially retired from playing the character. Then in May 2018, Campbell teased his fans that he had been asked to voice act and do motion capturing for an Evil Dead video game. Now, Bloody Disgusting has confirmed this to be true in an exclusive interview with Bruce Campbell.
Indeed, the Evil Dead franchise is being expanded upon with another video game, and Campbell will be the one and only voice of Ash. Meagan Navarro from Bloody Disgusting spoke with Campbell while scheduling for a possible full interview. She asked the actor to comment on allegedly voicing his character for a video game, mentioning his previously stated retirement. Campbell said that his retirement from Ash Williams did not include any prior “obligations.”
“Oh no no, that’s different. I have previous obligations I have to fulfill. They are doing a video game. A whole immersive kind of dealio. I’ll be Ash for that, because I wouldn’t want someone else’s voice hamming it up.”
Beyond that tidbit, Campbell has chosen to remain tight lipped about the specifics and any other details surrounding the upcoming video game. Reports are saying that this upcoming video game could be a virtual reality (VR) game. This will not be Campbell’s first foray into voice acting, as Bruce has previously been the voice of Ash Williams in numerous other video games such as Evil Dead: Hail to the King, Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick, and Evil Dead: Regeneration.
Fede Alvarez also announced recently that Evil Dead 2 — a follow up to the 2013 remake starring Jane Levy as Mia — could finally be moving forward, going underway for a near future release, reports Movie Web.
Clearly horror fans have not see the last of Ash Williams, even if only via video games. However, some are left to wonder if the right project could come along and bring Bruce Campbell out of retirement. After all, back in February 2018, Movie Web reported on the limbo that Ash vs Evil Dead was in just before the cancellation. In that report, Bruce Campbell was quoted saying that if the show was cancelled, an Evil Dead movie could be in the works.
“We’re in the horrible television limbo right now. We’re going to see what the TV gods have in store for us. We’re ready either way. If they take us off the air, we can think about another movie. And if they don’t, we can just keep plugging away.”