Writer/director Sam Raimi revealed at San Diego Comic Con today that he is working to bring his signature horror franchise The Evil Dead to television. Raimi told a packed panel discussion that he and franchise star Bruce Campbell were actively developing/writing a TV series version of his iconic films.
Raimi didn’t divulge much details so we don’t know if it will follow in the continuity of the original trilogy of films in which he directed Campbell, if it will pick up from last year’s remake or if it will stand on its own. He also did not hint as to whether the tone of the series would be more straight-up horror of some of the entries in the franchise or veer towards the black comedy of other of the series’s films.
It strikes me as that the success of the Evil Dead films is due to their compactness. A single setting in an isolated location and the tension being ratcheted continually up makes for some gripping filmmaking. I am not quite sure how Raimi and Campbell will manage to broaden the story out to support a whole TV series. Of course, I thought that way when it was announced that Robert Rodriguez was expanding his film From Dusk Till Dawn into a 13 part series for his new El Rey cable outlet and that turned out to be pretty good. And this is Raimi, and if there’s anyone who knows the workings of the franchise, its him and Campbell. It will be interesting to see how this develops.